- Digital Humanities
- Early Modern Studies
- History of the Book and Textual Studies
Dr. Estill is interested in early modern drama, Shakespeare, early modern print and manuscript culture, digital humanities, and book history.
Honors and Awards:
- 2016-2019 Rothrock Fellow, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
- 2016-2019 Arts and Humanities Fellow, Texas A&M University
- 2016 Renaissance Society of America — Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University Visiting Fellow
- 2011-2013 Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
Estill, Laura. Dramatic Extract in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts. University of Delaware Press, 2015.
Throughout the seventeenth century, early modern play readers and playgoers copied dramatic extracts (selections from plays and masques) into their commonplace books, verse miscellanies, diaries, and songbooks. Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts: Watching, Reading, Changing Plays is the first to examine these often overlooked texts, which reveal what early modern audiences and readers took, literally and figuratively, from plays.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
- “Encoding the Edge: Manuscript Marginalia and the TEI,” Digital Literary Studies 1.1 (2016): 62-78.
- “‘Spare your arithmetic, never count the turns’: A Statistical Analysis of Writing about Shakespeare, 1960-2010,” co-written with Dominic Klyve and Kate Bridal, Shakespeare Quarterly 66.1 (2015): 1-28.
- “Evaluating Digital Remediations of Women’s Manuscripts.” Co-authored with Michelle Levy. Beyond Accessibility: Textual Studies in the 21st Century. Ed. Brent Nelson and Richard Cunningham. Digital Studies/Champ Numérique 6 (2015).
- “Commonplacing Shakespeare.” Shakespeare and Textual Studies: A Handbook. Ed. M. J. Kidnie and Sonia Massai. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015. 149-62.
- “Digital Bibliography and Global Shakespeare.” Scholarly and Research Communication 5.4 (2014): 13 pp.
- “‘All the Adulteries of Art’: The Dramatic Excerpts of Margaret Bellasys’s BL Add. MS 10309.” New Ways of Looking at Old Texts V: Papers of the Renaissance English Text Society 2007-2012. Ed. Michael Denbo. Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies–Renaissance English Texts Society, 2014. 235-45.
- “Commonplace Markers and Quotation Marks” ArchBook: Architectures of the Book. Ed. Alan Galey et al. University of Toronto iSchool. 2014.
- “New Contexts for Early Tudor Plays: William Briton, an early reader of Gorboduc,” Early Theatre. 16.2 (2013): 197-210.
- “‘Pretty booke when I am gone’: Folger MS. V.a.262 and its Compiler,” Huntington Library Quarterly. 76.3 (2013): 413-32.
- “Manuscript Circulation.” Co-authored with Arthur F. Marotti. The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare. Ed. Arthur F. Kinney. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2012. 53-70.
- “A Late Seventeenth-Century Reader of Sir John Suckling’s Fragmenta Aurea”
- “Politics, Poetry, and Performance: The Miscellaneous Contents of Arbury Hall MS 414,” Early Theatre 14.2 (December 2011): 105-42.
- “Richard II and the Book of Life,” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 51.2 (Spring 2011): 283-303.
- “Proverbial Shakespeare: The Print and Manuscript Circulation of Extracts from Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Shakespeare 7.1 (Spring 2011): 35-55.
Blogs and Popular Press
- “Was Shakespeare as popular in his own time as he is now?” British Council Blog, 2015.
- “Fun International Facts about Shakespeare,” written with Eric Johnson, British Council Blog, 2015.
- “Shakespeare’s Greatest Play? 5 Experts Share Their Opinion,” contributor. By Kevin Hartnett, The Millions, 2014.