Zackariah C. Long

The Ben T. Spencer Associate Professor of English


  • B.A., The College of William and Mary
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia


Zackariah Long received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2006. Before coming to Ohio Wesleyan, he served as a visiting instructor at Macalester College and an assistant professor at Sweet Briar College.

A specialist in English Renaissance literature, Long has published essays on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and early modern psychology. His current book project is entitled This Distracted Globe: Hamlet and the Renaissance Memory Theatre.

Areas of Interest / Expertise

Renaissance literature and culture; early modern drama; history of drama and theatre; Shakespeare studies; psychological approaches to literature, esp. trauma theory

Publications / Presentations

  • "The Primal Scene in Pericles: Trauma, Typology, Mythology." New Psychoanalytic Readings of Shakespeare: Cool Reason and Seething Brains. Eds. Jimmy Newlin and James Stone. New York: Routledge, 2024. 132-145.
  • "The Theatre of Hamlet's Judgments." The Shakespearean Death Arts. Eds. William Engel and Grant Williams. New York: Palgrave, 2022. 203-222.
  • "Historicizing Rape Trauma: Identification with the Aggressor in Early Modern Humoralism and The Rape of Lucrece (1594)." Early Modern Trauma. Eds. Erin Peters and Cynthia Richards. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2021. 55-80.
  • "Shakespeare, Memory, and the Early Modern Theatre." The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory.Eds. Andrew Hiscock and Lina Perkins Wilder. New York: Routledge, 2018. 11-22.
  • "How to Write Like Shakespeare": I-Cubed Lectures
  • "Infernal Memory in English Renaissance Revenge Tragedy: The Spanish Tragedy and Hamlet." English Literary Renaissance. 44:2 (2014): 153-192.
  • Toward an Early Modern Theory of Trauma: Conscience and Richard III." Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies 1:1 (2012): 49–72.
  • "'Uncollected Man': Trauma and the Early Modern Mind-Body in The Maid's Tragedy." Staging Pain, 1580–1800: Violence and Trauma in British Theatre Eds. James Allard and Matthew Martin. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009. 31–46.
  • "'Unless You Could Teach Me to Forget': Spectatorship, Self-Forgetting, and Subversion in Antitheatrical Literature and As You Like It." Forgetting in Early Modern English Literature and Culture: Lethe's Legacies. Eds. Christopher Ivic and Grant Williams. New York: Routledge, 2004. 151–164.