About the Club

“The object of this club shall be the promotion among its members and in the community of a larger appreciation of literature and the arts and of social intercourse founded upon such appreciation.” The Elizabethan Club Constitution

Founded in 1911, by Alexander Smith Cochran, Yale Class of 1896, the Elizabethan Club of Yale University is a private club that maintains a library and serves as a meeting place for conversation and discussion relating to literature and the arts.

The Elizabethan Club is located near the center of the Yale University campus in an early nineteenth-century house that was part of the founder’s original gift. At the clubhouse, the members enjoy tea every afternoon during Yale University’s Fall and Spring terms.

Membership in the Elizabethan Club, by invitation only, includes undergraduates, graduate students, Yale University faculty and staff.

The Club’s emblem is a falcon, as found on Queen Elizabeth’s badge.


On occasion, the Club finds itself with funds at its disposal above and beyond those expended. The Incorporators have voted to use these surplus funds to benefit several organizations whose purposes accord with that stated in the Club’s constitution.

The Club does not make grants on an annually renewable basis, nor does it entertain applications for support. The intent of the Incorporators is to assist a number of worthy and appropriate causes, when and as the Club’s financial state permits, varying the recipients from year to year.

Yale Prizes

The Elizabethan Club at Yale University awards prizes for the best undergraduate or graduate essay or dissertation on subjects of interest to the Club:

         Outstanding work on literature, arts, or culture of the Renaissance.

         Outstanding work on interpretations, re-creation, or criticism relating to literature, arts, and culture of the Renaissance.

         Outstanding work based on research done in the Elizabethan Club Library (used at the Beinecke Library).

Work from any department is eligible and nominations can come from faculty, advisors, or the students themselves. The competition is open to all Yale students, regardless of department. Entrants do not need to be members of the Club.

Prizes have been awarded to the following Yale students:


Harper, Elizabeth. “Filial Sacrifice and the Dark Heart of Sacred Tragedy: Théodore de Bèze’s Abraham sacrifiant (1550) and Buchanan’s Jephthes sive votum (1554)” [grad essay]

Hunter, Matt. “The Pursuit of Style in Shakespeare’s Drama” [dissertation]

Rush, Rebecca. “Licentious Rhymers: John Donne and the Late-Elizabethan Couplet Revival” [grad essay]

Scholz, Maximilian Miguel. “Exile and the Recasting of the Reformation: Frankfurt am Main, 1554 – 1608” [dissertation]

Tomlin, Duncan. “Santa Croce Basilica and the Florentine Coup d’Style” [undergraduate essay]


Harper, Elizabeth. “The future that never is: Troy’s lost children in Euripides, Seneca and Racine”

Levy-Eichel, Mordechai.  “‘Into the Mathematical Ocean’: Navigation, Education, and the Expansion of Numeracy in Early Modern England and the Atlantic World.” [dissertation]

Weinreich, Spencer J. “ “Appropriation and Adaptation in Francisco Zumel’s De vitis patrum (Salamanca, 1588).” [undergraduate essay]


Kenny, Dylan. “Workaday Worlds: Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Technology, and the Work of Art” [undergraduate essay]

Rush, Rebecca. “Jonson’s Innocent Muse: Female Figures and Anxieties of Control in Early Modern Drama.” [graduate essay]

Weiskott, Eric. “The Durable Alliterative Tradition.” [dissertation]


Pérez, Nicolás Medina Mora. “Negations of Nostalgia:  Nabokov, Kundera, Bolaño” [undergraduate essay]

Prakas, Tessie. “‘Thou art a figurative, a metaphorical God too’: John Donne and the Aesthetics of Exegesis’” [graduate essay]

Rush, Rebecca. ” ‘This sweet Laborinth’: Fabrication in John Davies’ Orchestra” [graduate essay]

Stein, Daniel. “Cicero’s Oratory and the Roman Forum:  An Erasure of Public Space” [undergraduate essay]


Baricz, Carla. “Satan Reads Milton: Modes of Romance in Paradise Lost” [graduate essay]

Holden, Robert (Brad). “Homer and Heterodoxy: The Epic Tradition and Milton’s Heretical Atonement” [graduate essay]

Moore, Jeania Ree. “Grounding the American Firmament:  The National Mall and the Evolution of American Civil Religion” [undergraduate essay]

Snider, Sage.  “Realizing the Fascist Vision:  Mussolini’s Construction of Roman History at the Universal Exposition of Rome” [undergraduate essay]

Thun-Hohenstein, Charlotte. ““Mapmakers, Poets, and Playwrights:  Imagining the World as Round” [undergraduate essay]


Currell, David. “Matter of Scorn: Milton and Satire” [graduate essay]


Currell, David. “Tamburlaine’s Other Children: Anatomies of War and Heroic Mockery in Shakespearean Drama” [graduate essay]

Kau, Andrew. “Boileau and the Fate of the Epic” [graduate essay]


Komorowski, Michael. “Politic History, Impolitic Laws: Tacitism and the Common Law Mind in Measure for Measure” [graduate essay]

Menges, Hilary. “Monuments, Books, and Readers in Milton’s Early Poetry and Prose” [graduate essay]


Currell, David. “Counterfactual and Contingency in Paradise Lost” [graduate essay]

Komorowski, Michael. “Private Property and the Nature of Marvell’s Republicanism” [graduate essay, honorable mention]


Currell, David. “The Verbal Purview of Macbeth” [graduate essay]

Saetveit Miles, Laura. “ ‘With a Female Ambition’: Milton’s Righting and Re-Writing of Women in the History of Britain” [graduate essay]


Bond, Christopher. “ ‘Prosperin gathering flowers’: A Miltonic Simile in its Mythic Context” [graduate essay]


Foster, Brett. “ ‘Whirling Round with This Circumference’: Reading the Stage in Doctor Faustus” [graduate essay]


Wilder, Lina Perkins. “Memory’s Performance” [graduate essay]