Laurie Ellinghausen Publishes New Book on Notorious Figures in Renaissance England

Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing Book CoverCongratulations to Laurie Ellinghausen, Ph.D., associate professor in the UMKC Department of English Language and Literature, on the publication of her fourth book, Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing.

This monograph examines the tales of notorious figures in Renaissance England, including the mercenary Thomas Stukeley, the Barbary corsair John Ward, and the wandering adventurers the Sherley brothers. Ellinghausen sheds new light on the construction of the early modern renegade and its depiction in English prose, poetry, and drama during a period of capitalist expansion. Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing shows how domestic issues of class and occupation exerted a major influence on representations of renegades, and heightened their appeal to the diverse audiences of early modern England.

“Laurie Ellinghausen’s excellent book, Pirates, Traitors and Apostates, makes a significant contribution to scholarship on the early British Empire by bringing a shrewd analysis of social relationsto bear on representations of England’s emerging global economy,” said Michelle M. Dowd, Hudson Strode Professor English at the University of Alabama. “Ellinghausen’s assertion that renegades such as pirates and traitors need to be understood through domestic ideologies of class and social mobility is fresh and compelling, and her study will be of great value to a wide range of early modern scholars, including those interested in Renaissance drama, travel literature, class and the economy, affect studies, and globalization.”

As both a scholar and a professor, Ellinghausen centers her research on treatments of social hierarchy in literary texts and Shakespearean pedagogy in higher education. She came to UMKC in 2003.