Marguerite Tassi


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Marguerite Tassi


A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Professor Marguerite A. Tassi joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 1997. Prior to that, she taught for two years at Middlebury College as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Dramatic Literature. Her scholarly and teaching interests focus on Shakespeare, ancient and early modern drama, aesthetics, ethics, relationships between visual culture and verbal texts, and the literature of revenge. She has published two books: The Scandal of Images: Iconoclasm, Eroticism, and Painting in Early Modern English Drama (Susquehanna UP, 2005) and Women and Revenge in Shakespeare: Gender, Genre, and Ethics (Susquehanna UP, 2011). Professor Tassi teaches a special course on Women and Revenge in Western Literature. She was an invited speaker at the Interacting with Eros conference at the Universite de Paul-Valery in Montpellier, France in November 2008 and was an invited speaker at the Broken Images Conference in Montpellier in November 2012. She was an invited speaker at the Female Fury and Spirit of Masculine Vengeance Conference at the University of Bristol, UK in 2012, and gave the Nan Osmond Grass Lecture at Brigham Young University in 2013.

Professor Tassi was the director of the Explorations Lecture Series, which featured the intellectual and creative work of UNK faculty and visiting scholars/artists, and she has organized the Student Conference in Language and Literature for the English department. She is former director of the English Department's Graduate Program.


  • 1993 Ph. D., Claremont Graduate School
  • 1989 M. A., The University of Virginia
  • 1987 B. A.. Columbia University

Teaching Specialties

  • Shakespeare
  • Early Modern Drama
  • Elizabethan Theater Practices
  • Early British Literature
  • Renaissance Lyric Poetry
  • Literature of Revenge
  • Literature and the Visual Arts
  • Literary Classics of the Western World
  • Ancient Greek Drama
  • Epic Poetry

Recent Publications

  • Tears for Hecuba: Empathy and Maternal Bereavement in Golding’s Translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.” Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens. Ed. Carole Levin. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2015, 7-23.
  • “Martyrdom and Memory: Elizabeth Curle’s Portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots.” The Emblematic Queen: Extra-Literary Representations of Early Modern Queenship. Ed. Debra Barrett-Graves. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013, 101-32 .
  • “The ‘new Gorgon’: Eros, Terror, and Violence in Macbeth.” Shakespeare’s Erotic Mythology and Ovidian Renaissance Culture. Ed. Agnès Lafont. Surrey, England: Ashgate Press, 2013, 155-70.
  • “Wounded Maternity, Sharp Revenge: Shakespeare’s Representations of Queens in Light of the Hecuba Myth.” Explorations in Renaissance Culture 37.1 (summer 2011): 83-99.
  • “‘Sportful Malice,’ or What Maria Wills: Revenge Comedy in Twelfth Night.The Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal 27 (2007 /2008): 32-50.
  • “‘O’erpicturing’ Apelles: Shakespeare’s Paragone with Painting in Antony and Cleopatra,” Antony and Cleopatra, New Critical Essays. Ed. Sara Munson Deats. New York and London: Routledge, 2005, 291-307.

Awards and Grants

  • Pratt-Heins Award for Outstanding Teaching, UNK, 2009.

  • Mortar Board Award for Excellence in Teaching, UNK, 2009

  • NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Grant, “Shakespeare’s Playhouses: Inside and Out,” an institute held at Staunton, VA and London, England, July 7-August 9, 2002.

  • Exceptional Performance Award, English Dept., UNK, based on outstanding performance in teaching and scholarship, 2001.

  • Mary Major Crawford Award in Shakespeare, English Dept., UNK, Shakespeare Studies, 1999, 2001.