Holly Dugan

Holly Dugan

Associate Professor of English
Room 624E
Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-6180
[email protected]

Associate Professor of English

Current Research

Holly Dugan’s research and teaching interests explore relationships between history, literature, and material culture. Her scholarship focuses on questions of gender, sexuality, the boundaries of the body, and the role of the senses in late medieval and early modern England. She is currently working on a book-length project, co-authored with Scott Maisano that examines the pre-modern history of primatology through the lens of Shakespeare.


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2005

B.A., Douglass College, Rutgers University, 1997


The Ephemeral History of Perfume: Scent and Sense in Early Modern England (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming fall 2011).

Refereed Articles

“Shakespeare and the Senses,” Blackwell Literature Compass 6.3 (2009), 726-40.

“Scent of a Woman: Performing the Politics of Smell in Early Modern England,” The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 38.2 (2008), 229-252.


“'To Bark With Judgment': Playing Baboon in Early Modern London,” Shakespeare Studies 41 (2013): 77-93.

Edited Journal

Co-editor with Lara Farina of West Virginia University, “The Intimate Senses,” Postmedieval, Vol. 3, Issue 4 (Winter 2012).

Articles in Collections

“Aping Rape: Animal Ravishment and Sexual Knowledge in Early Modern England,” Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England, eds. James Bromley and Will Stockton (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013), 213-231.

“‘As Dirty as Smithfield and Stinking Every Whit’: The Smell of the Hope Theatre,” Shakespeare’s Theatres and the Effects of Performance, eds. Farah Karim-Cooper and Tiffany Stern (London: Arden Shakespeare, 2013), 195-213.

 “Osmologies of Luxury and Labor: entertaining perfumers in early English drama,” Working Subjects in Early Modern Drama, eds. Natasha Korda and Michelle Dowd (London: Ashgate, 2011), 69-85.

“Coriolanus and the ‘rank-scented meinie’: Smelling Rank in Early Modern England," Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice: London, 1550-1750, eds. Roze Hentschell and Amanda Bailey (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 139-159. 

Book Reviews

Rev. of Constance Classen, Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch (University of Illinois Press, 2013) in American Historical Review 119.1 (2014): 155.

Revs. of Catherine Richardson, Shakespeare and Material Culture, Oxford University Press, 2012 and Bella Mirabella, ed, Ornamentalism: the Art of Renaissance Accessories. University of Michigan Press, 2012. Shakespeare Quarterly, vol. 63, issue 4 (2012), 604-06.

Rev. of Kathryn M. Moncrief and Kathryn R. McPherson, eds., Performing Maternity in Early Modern England. Ashgate Press, 2007. Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 61, issue 3 (Fall 2008), 1023-24.

Rev. of Will Fisher, Materializing Gender in Early Modern English Literature and Culture.  Cambridge University Press, 2006.  Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 60, issue 2 (Summer 2007), 671-72.

Rev. of Natasha Korda, Shakespeare’s Domestic Economies: Gender and Property in Early Modern England.  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002. Criticism, vol. 45, issue 4 (Fall 2003), 539-542.