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Amy (Eliza) Greenstadt
Amy (Eliza) Greenstadt

Associate Professor, Film

Office: LH 127G

Dr. Greenstadt has been at PSU for 15 years. Formerly of the English Department, she is thrilled to be joining the faculty in the School of Film. Her original training was in Renaissance English literature with an emphasis on gender and sexuality studies. She has now embarked on the new project of designing an interdisciplinary major in the critical study of arts and media. Since the School of Film already has its quota of people named “Amy,” in her new position she is going by her middle name of Eliza.

B.A. 1988 Wesleyan University
M.A. 1997 University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. 2000 University of California, Berkeley


  • Rape and the Rise of the Author: Gendering Intention in Early Modern England (Ashgate Press, October 2009).
  • "Aemilia Lanyer's Pathetic Phallacy." The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 8:1 (Spring/Summer 2008): 67-97.
  • "'Read it in Me': The Author's Will in Lucrece." Shakespeare Quarterly 57:1 (Spring 2006): 45-70.
  • "'Rapt from Himself': Rape and the Poetics of Corporeality in Sidney's Old Arcadia." Representing Rape in Medieval and Early Modern Literature. Ed. Elizabeth Robertson and Christine M. Rose. New York: Palgrave, 2001. 311-49.


  • "Margaret's Beard," presentation at Margaret Cavendish Society Annual Meeting, Corvallis, OR, June 20, 2009
  • "Vials of Precious Fluid, or, Shakespeare's Seminal Influence on Milton," presentation at University of Cincinnati, March 2008
  • "The Kindest Cut: Circumcision, Usury, and Male Friendship in The Merchant of Venice," presentation at Renaissance Society of America Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 25, 2006
  • Pricked Out: Sexchange in Early Modern Europe (monograph project)


Amy Greenstadt grew up in New York City, found herself in San Francisco, and found a home in Portland. She studies early modern European literature and culture, especially the histories of gender, sexuality, and race. Her most recent interests are in seventeenth-century sci fi and Renaissance erotica. She is also committed to improving the job prospects for English graduates and championing public humanities education.