Associate Professor of English &
Crowley Distinguished Professor of the Humanities
BA (Kansas); MA (Shakespeare Institute); PhD (Wisconsin)
Office: Frandsen 222
Telephone: (775) 682-6372
Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, Jonson, Drama, Theater History, Protestant Reformation
(with Eric Rasmussen) “What does textual evidence reveal about the author?” in Standing up for Shakespeare: The Authorship of Shakespeare’s Works, ed. by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
“‘Thinking to pass unknown’: Measure for Measure, the Plague, and the Accession of James I,” in Representing the Plague in Early Modern England, ed. by Rebecca Totaro and Ernest B. Gilman (New York: Routledge, 2010), 113–29.
Our Scene is London: Jonson’s City and the Space of the Author. (New York: Routledge, 2008).
Since joining the English faculty in 2006, James Mardock has taught undergraduate courses in Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies, the drama of Marlowe, Webster, and Jonson, early English drama, and other literatures of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as graduate seminars in Jacobean city comedy, Spenser's epic The Faerie Queene, and the drama of Reformation.
He also serves as assistant general editor for the Internet Shakespeare Editions, and worked in 2008 and 2009 as the house dramaturge for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. He has directed productions of Shakespeare's Henry V and The Winter's Tale, and played, among other roles, Troilus, Laertes, Oliver, Antonio, and Juliet's father. In 2011, appearing with his wife and as-yet-unborn son, he played Claudius in the Nevada Rep's production of Hamlet in the original pronunciation. His early drama reading group, The Blood, Love, and Rhetoric School, stages amateur readings of lesser-known plays like 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Jew of Malta, and Gammer Gurton's Needle.
From 2011 to 2013, Dr Mardock serves as the Joseph Crowley distinguished professor of the humanities, giving public lectures on such topics as Renaissance comedian Will Kemp's 130-mile morris dancing stunt and predestination in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
He has published articles on Dickens's debt to Shakespeare in the representation of Jews, on Ben Jonson's curious affinity for male cross-dressing, on populist poet John Taylor's politics and religion, and on what King James and bubonic plague have to do with Measure for Measure. His book Our Scene is London (2008) examines Jonson’s representation of urban space as an element in his strategy of self-definition. Dr Mardock is at work on an edition of Henry V, a collection of essays on Protestantism and theater, and a book-length study of Calvin’s influence on early modern drama.