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Julianne Mentzer

Education and Experience

Julianne received her BA in English and Philosophy (with University and College honors) in 2008 from Carnegie Mellon University. As an undergraduate student, she was awarded the Posner Internship to create an exhibition of Elizabethan portraiture and fine and rare books. She continued her studies at Carnegie Mellon, and received her MA in Literary and Cultural Studies (distinction) in 2009. During her time at the university and thereafter, she worked as a Teaching Assistant for the College of Fine Arts and the Philosophy Department. She received her MLitt in Renaissance Studies from the University of Strathclyde in 2010 (under the Scottish Institute for Northern Renaissance Studies), holding the Clan Donald National Scholarship.

Julianne’s research interests include Renaissance drama and poetry, Elizabethan and Jacobean culture, Feminist Literary Criticism, Gender Studies, and Rhetoric. Her PhD project, supervised by Professor Lorna Hutson, explores representations of male friendships, primarily in dramatic texts. She is currently exploring the manner by which male homosocial friendship and fellowship developed through textual means, that is, from humanist underpinnings at grammar schools, through the exchange of textual knowledge, and the focus on developing rhetorical skills of persuasion. Julianne is the current recipient of the Ewan and Christine Brown scholarship for the duration of her research here at St Andrews.

Conference papers

“Exclusionary Male Space and the Limitations of Discursive Reasoning in Love’s Labour’s Lost
Société Française Shakespeare Conference, Lyon, 2015

“Monstrous Birth, Absent Mother: Monstrosity’s ‘Material’ Source in Early Modern Popular Print”
Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, 2014

“Doubled Praises: The Discourse of Desire and Homosocial Solidification in The Two Gentlemen of Verona”
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Graduate Colloquium, 2012


Julianne Mentzer



PhD Student:
Early Modern Drama