On leave Fall 2019


World-Mapping and World-Building: Geographical Fictions in Early English Literature
[ENG 211, Major British Authors, Medieval to 18th Century, Spring 2020]
“They may create worlds of their own,” Margaret Cavendish offers her readers in her proto-science fiction work The Blazing World. How was the world imagined, mapped, and rebuilt by early English writers as they negotiated their place in relation to the globe? In this class, we will explore world-mapping and world-building in the works of early English writers and thinkers who searched for the location of the earthly Paradise, imagined the existence of monsters, and negotiated the transcultural tensions of the local and the global.
Transformation and Embodiment in Early Drama
[ENG 381, English Drama to 1800, Spring 2020]
To transform is defined as “To change the form of; to change into another shape or form; to metamorphose.” In this class, we will explore how early dramatic works and performances staged acts of transformation to tell new narratives of embodiment. From werewolves to painted corpses to racial erasure, we will contemplate questions about the nature of transformation, identity, and the production of cultural meaning.


Recipes and Experiments of Science and Magic in Shakespeare’s England
[ENG 710, Studies in English Renaissance Literature]


Imagining New Worlds
[ENG 211, Major British Authors, Medieval to 18th Century]

Shakespearean Transformations
[ENG 339, Shakespeare: Early Plays and Sonnets]

Science, Symbols, & Strangers
[ENG 339, Shakespeare: Early Plays and Sonnets]

Shakespeare’s “Others”
[ENG 340, Shakespeare: Later Plays]

Shakespeare’s Mystical Futures
[ENG 340, Shakespeare: Later Plays]