L. Monique Pittman

L. Monique Pittman

Title: Professor of English and Director of Honors
Office Location: Nethery Hall 100
E-mail: pittman@andrews.edu
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

Current Research 

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.