Mary Grace Elliott
Mary Grace Elliott is a Marion L. Brittain Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on early modern English literature–particularly on William Shakespeare and John Milton–and early modern grammar school education and rhetoric. She is particularly interested in how early modern humanism is reflected, subverted, and reinforced in popular writing and drama of the time. She is further interested in how early modern literature is taught in our contemporary classrooms.

Teaching Audience through Early Modern Literature

First-year college students often come into literature-focused composition classrooms predisposed to fear “old books.” However, my students this past semester quickly overcame that fear as they tackled the writings of John Milton. Teaching “old books” is an excellent way to help young adults contextualize themselves in their contemporary world. Jeffrey… Continue reading