L. Monique PittmanTitle: Professor of English and Director of Honors
Office Location: Nethery Hall 100
Phone: (269) 471-6084
BA Andrews University
MA College of William & Mary
PhD Purdue University
"Make the doors upon a woman's wit, and it will out at the casement; shut that, and 'twill out at the key-hole; stop that, 'twill fly with the smoke out at the chimney" (As You Like It, IV.i.161-164).
A former student of the Andrews University English Department, I began teaching here in 1999. I returned because the English Department had provided me with a stimulating and nurturing place in which to develop a mature intellectual and spiritual life. I also loved and admired the comradery characteristic of the faculty relationships with each other and with their students.
After completing my B.A. in English with a minor in music at Andrews (1991), I earned an M.A. from The College of William and Mary (1993), and finished a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature at Purdue University (2000). My dissertation explores the formation of subjectivity within the gendered binary opposition of public and private; I look at these binaries in the fiction of Robert Greene and Thomas Lodge, two Shakespearean sources. The literature and history of the English Renaissance has fascinated me since I was a child (I even had a postcard-sized portrait of Elizabeth I in my high school locker); as a scholar and teacher, I find the Renaissance's nuanced and complex treatment of the human condition endlessly satisfying.
My husband Paul analyzes numbers instead of literature as a CPA at a public accounting firm. We enjoy entertaining, cooking, baking, kitchen gardening, and working home improvement magic.
Current Research or Professional Activities:
Essay in progress, “‘Is not the truth the truth?’: Spinning Shakespeare’s History in HBO’s The Wire and Showtime’s Brotherhood” for Shakespeare Spinoffs and Citations on Stage and Screen, Editors: Amy Scott-Douglass (Marymount University), Courtney Lehmann (University of the Pacific), and Marguerite Rippy (Marymount University), (to be published by Palgrave)
Pittman, L. Monique. "Authorizing Shakespeare on Film and Television: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Adaptation." New York: Peter Lang, 2011.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Pittman, L. Monique. “Dressing the Girl/Playing the Boy: Twelfth Night Learns Soccer on the Set of She’s The Man.” Literature/Film Quarterly 36.2 (2008): 122-36.
Pittman, L. Monique. “Locating the Bard: Adaptation and Authority in Michael Radford’s The Merchant of Venice.” Shakespeare Bulletin 25 (2007): 13-33.
Pittman, L. Monique. “A Son Less Than Kind: Iconography, Interpolation, and Masculinity in Branagh’s Hamlet.” Early Modern Literary Studies 11.3 (2006).
Pittman, L. Monique. “Taming 10 Things I Hate About You: Shakespeare and the Teenage Film Audience.” Literature/Film Quarterly 32.2 (2004): 144-52.