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Emily  Jones

Emily Jones

Emily Jones
Assistant Professor


Office: CPR 315
Phone: 813/974-9546


Emily Griffiths Jones’ research and teaching specializes in the literature of early modern England, with emphasis on Milton, Shakespeare, and women writers. She is currently completing a book about romance, religion, and politics in seventeenth-century England. The book argues for a recontextualized understanding of romance—as a multi-generic narrative structure or strategy rather than a prose genre, and as a cherished mode for Puritan republicans as well as royalists—and shows how English men and women turned to romance to construct diverse ideological communities for themselves as the chosen heroes of their nation’s turbulent history.  

Before coming to USF, Dr. Jones helped create an online teaching module on Hamlet for the MIT Global Shakespeares Project, and she remains invested in digital humanities and pedagogy. Her next major project is on “Early Modern Fandom”: the rise of affective attachment to and identification with literature in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  

For Prospective Grad Students:

Dr. Jones is committed to fostering students’ individual interests in early modern literature and genre studies. She has worked with graduate students on a diverse range of projects, including stylometric digital analysis of early modern dramatic genres, deathbed struggles in reformation-era texts, the politics of gender differentiation in Milton’s Paradise Lost,Shakespearean adaptation (in graphic novels, in Asian film, and in rock music), romance as ecofeminist genre in Disney’s Moana, and archival excavation of women playwrights. M.A. or Ph.D. students interested in working with Dr. Jones should begin by scheduling an in-person or Skype meeting to discuss their interests and goals.


Ph.D. and M.A., Boston University
B. A., Randolph-Macon Woman's College

Specialty Area

Early modern literature, Milton, Shakespeare, women writers, romance and epic, gender and genre, biblical poetics, literature and seventeenth-century politics

Recent Publications

“‘The Tragical Act’: Hereditary Succession and Death in Thomas Dekker’s The Wonderful Year and Thomas Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy.” SEL 56.2 (2016).

“Beloved of All the Trades in Rome: Oeconomics, Occupation, and the Gendered Body in Coriolanus,” Shakespeare Studies 43 (2015).

“‘My Victorious Triumphs Are All Thine’: Romance and Elect Community in Lucy Hutchinson’s Order and Disorder,” Studies in Philology 112.1 (2015).

“Milton’s Counter-Revision of Romantic Structure in Paradise Regained,” Huntington Library Quarterly 76.1 (2013). Special issue on Paradise Regained edited by John Rogers.