Eric Vivier specializes in sixteenth and seventeenth century drama, satire, and religious history, with a particular interest in Shakespeare’s contemporaries. He teaches classes on early British literature, Shakespeare, satire, and critical theory. As a Faculty Fellow in Shackouls Honors College, he also teaches the “Quest” classes, which are freshman/sophomore Great Books seminars. He has published essays about Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, and Martin Marprelate. His current book project is about satirical controversy, cultural antagonism, and paradox in Elizabethan England.
Ph.D. 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA 2007 University of Wisconsin-Madison
AB 2005 Duke University
Sixteenth Century Literature, Shakespeare, Satire, Cultural Studies
EN 2213: British Literature Before 1800
EN 4503: Early Shakespeare
HON 1163: Quest 1
HON 1173: Quest 2
HON 3183: Satire and Its Discontents
HON 3183: The Reformation in England
“Judging Jonson: Ben Jonson’s Satirical Self-Defense in Poetaster” (The Ben Jonson Journal, forthcoming 2017)
“Pleading for and Against the Devil: Satirical Ethics and Efficacy in The Revenger’s Tragedy,” in The Revenger’s Tragedy: The State of Play, ed. Gretchen Minton (Arden, forthcoming 2017)
Review Essay: Heather Hirschfeld, The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare, in The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 16:3 (Summer 2016), 145-9.
“John Bridges, Martin Marprelate, and the Rhetoric of Satire,” English Literary Renaissance 44:1 (Winter 2014), 3-35.
with Margaret Ann Hagerman, “I Don’t Think He Knows About It / He Was Outraged,” in K. Fasching-Varner, R. Reynolds, K. Albert, and L. Martin (eds.), Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong (Sense Publishers, 2014), 85-90.
Honors and Awards:
- Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Fall 2013)
- Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012)
- Student Housing Honored Instructor Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Spring 2012)