L. Monique Pittman

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


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 research explores how Shakespeare in performance depicts gender, class, and ethnic identities (Authorizing Shakespeare on Film and Television:  Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Adaptation, 2011).  Recent projects interrogate the ethics of representation in The Taming of the Shrew at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Shakespeare Survey), the BBC’s Hollow Crown (Borrowers and Lenders and Adaptation), and Ralph Fiennes’s Coriolanus (Shakespeare Bulletin).

As Director of Honors for over ten years, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with an engaged team of interdisciplinary students and research faculty from departments across the Andrews campus; the Honors Family enriches my life with a commitment to strengthening hearts and minds for ethical care of our world and its peoples.  Through the Honors Program’s emphasis on research, I have been able to foster the research inquiries of students in the areas of Shakespeare and performance and Early Modern literature; I have mentored over twenty Honors thesis projects—two of which have won top prize at the National Collegiate Honors Council annual student research poster session.

Current Research or Professional Activities

Pittman, L. Monique, Vanessa I. Corredera, Kristin N. Denslow, and Karl G. Bailey.  “‘Were I human’:  Beingness and the Postcolonial Object in Westworld’s Appropriation of The Tempest.”  Variable Objects:  Shakespeare and Speculative Appropriation.  Eds. Valerie M. Fazel and Louise Geddes.  Edinburgh UP, 2021.  85-107.
Pittman, L. Monique.  “Too Soon Forgot: The Ethics of Remembering in Richard III, NOW, and House of Cards.”  Borrowers & Lenders 13.1 (Spring 2020).  Link:  https://openjournals.libs.uga.edu/borrowers/article/view/2365
Pittman, L. Monique.  “Resisting History and Atoning for Racial Privilege:  Shakespeare’s Henriad in HBO’s The Wire.” Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Global Appropriation.  Eds. Christy Desmet, Sujata Iyengar, and Miriam Jacobson.  Routledge, 2019. 378-387.
Pittman, L. Monique.  “Colour-Conscious Casting and Multicultural Britain in the BBC Henry V (2012): Historicizing Adaptation in an Age of Digital Placelessness.”  Adaptation 10.2 (2017):  176-191.
Link:  https://doi.org/10.1093/adaptation/apx013
Pittman, L. Monique.  “Shakespeare and the Cultural Olympiad:  Contesting Gender and the British Nation in the BBC’s Hollow Crown.”  Borrowers and Lenders 9.2 (Spring 2016).  Link: https://openjournals.libs.uga.edu/borrowers/article/view/2438
Pittman, L. Monique.  “Heroes, Villains, and Balkans: Intertextual Masculinities in Ralph Fiennes’s Coriolanus.”  Shakespeare Bulletin 33.2 (2015):  215-244.
Pittman, L. Monique.  “Big-Shouldered Shakespeare:  Three Shrews at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.” Shakespeare Survey 67 (2014):  244-64.
Pittman, L. Monique. Authorizing Shakespeare on Film and Television: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Adaptation.  Peter Lang, 2011.
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).  Link:  https://extra.shu.ac.uk/emls/11-3/pittham2.htm
Pittman, L. Monique. “Taming 10 Things I Hate About You: Shakespeare and the Teenage Film Audience.” Literature/Film Quarterly 32.2 (2004): 144-52.
The College of Arts & Sciences, Humanities Division Undergraduate Research Mentor Award (2016)

The J. N. Andrews Medallion (2013)

The Bruce A. Ronk Excellence in Research Award (2010)

The Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award (2006)

Advisor of the Year (2004)

Pittman, L. Monique.  Shakespeare’s Contested Nations:  Race, Gender, and Multicultural Britain in Performances of the History Plays.  Routledge.  Under contract.

Radulescu, Ingrid and L. Monique Pittman.  “The Romanian Bard?: Translated Shakespeare as Soft Power for the Post-Communist Nation.”  Rethinking Shakespeare and Appropriation for the Twenty-First Century.  Eds. Vanessa I. Corredera and Geoff Way.  In progress.