S. Marshelle Woodward

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Georgetown College

woodwar3@canisius.edu 2657 Office: CT 909

Dr. Woodward specializes in the study of Shakespeare and the English Renaissance. She is especially interested in the relationship between science, faith, and literature; genre studies and the intersection of literary and social forms; and the supernatural in its various guises, from horror to fantasy/sci fi. In addition to Shakespeare, she has taught courses such as: Making Knowledge in Renaissance Literature, Metaphysical Poetry, Writing Fear/Fighting Fear (a composition course on Buffalo ghost stories and urban legends), and Escape Artists, which examines the literature of escape from Shakespeare's The Tempest to Colson Whitehead's Underground Railroad. Dr. Woodward is happy to direct senior theses on any aspect of early British literature, and she enjoys chatting about cats, anime, Paradise Lost, and other nerdy topics.


  • Tony Hilfer Prize for Best Essay in Texas Studies in Literature and Language. Awarded to one essay per cycle.
  • Scholar in Residence. Introduction to English Paleography Seminar at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • Fellow. Academy for Advanced Study in the Renaissance. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award.
  • Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Research Fellowship.
  • Mary Adams Trust Dissertation Fellowship. University of Wisconsin-Madison English Department.


"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