Dr. Marshelle Woodward specializes in the study of English Renaissance literature and culture. She has recently taught courses on Shakespeare, the Renaissance utopia, early modern literature and knowledge production, science fiction and fantasy, and literary monstrosity. She also regularly teaches a freshman writing course with a thematic emphasis on “disinformation genres” such as local horror and urban legends. (Students in this class enjoy exploring haunted sites around Buffalo!) In all of her courses, Dr. Woodward stresses the value of imagination and historical empathy as tools of inquiry.
Her research focuses on the intersection of religion, science, and literature in early modern England. She has published essays on Ben Jonson’s Catholicism and the role of paradox in Sir Thomas Browne’s natural philosophy. A forthcoming project explores “chymical eschatology” (i.e. the science of apocalypse) in the recently recovered works of Lady Hester Pulter.
Dr. Woodward is happy to direct senior theses on any aspect of English Renaissance literature or the science fiction and fantasy genres. She loves hearing from students, past and present, and is always happy to chat about cats, television (including anime), and other nerdy topics.
- 2018 - Dean's Summer Grant.
- 2016 - Tony Hilfer Prize for Best Essay in Texas Studies in Literature and Language. Awarded to one essay per cycle.
- 2016 - Scholar in Residence. Introduction to English Paleography Seminar at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- 2014 - Fellow. Academy for Advanced Study in the Renaissance. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award.
- 2013 - Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Research Fellowship.
"Paradox Regained: Reconsidering Thomas Browne's Double Hermeneutics" in Texas Studies in Literature and Language
"Ben Jonson's Sacramental Poetics: Manners as Mystery in his Poetry and Drama" in the Ben Jonson Journal