Maria Teresa Micaela Prendergast
Associate Professor Emerita
The College of Wooster
Wooster, OH 44691
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1990
M.A., University of Virginia, 1983
Certificat d’Aptitude à l’Enseignement de Français, Institut Catholique de Paris, 1979
B.A., Yale University, 1977
College of Wooster: Associate Professor, 2010-2018
Chair of the English Department, 2014-2016
College of Wooster: Assistant Professor, 2008-2010
Visiting Assistant Professor, 2007-2008
Grinnell College: Assistant Professor, 2005 -2008
College of Wooster: Visiting Assistant Professor, 1999-2002, 2003-2005
Director, The Writing Center, 2003-2005
University of South Alabama: Assistant Professor, 1995-1998
University of Miami: Assistant Professor, 1990-1995
University of Virginia: Teaching Assistant, 1984-1987
PUBLICATIONS AND CURRENT BOOK-LENGTH PROJECT:
Railing, Reviling, and Invective in Early Modern Literary Culture, 1588-1617: The Anti-Poetics of Theater and Print. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Press, 2012.
Renaissance Fantasies: The Gendering of Aesthetics in Early Modern Fiction. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2000.
“Creating Catherine of Aragon: Shaping, Curating, Performing, Remembering the Legend of Henry VIII’s Pious, Loyal Queen, 1501-1630.”
“Catherine of Aragon’s Letters, English Popular Memory, and Male Authorial Fantasies,” Studies in Philology 118 (2021): 207-241.
“For the Debt of Blood: Form, Rhetoric, and Performance in Catherine of Aragon’s Letters to Ferdinand of Aragon and Charles V, 1502-1536. Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 20.3 (2020): 85-120.
With Thomas Prendergast, “The Invention of Propaganda: A Translation and Critical Commentary of the 1622 Papal Bull, Inscrutabili Divinae.” The Oxford Handbook of Propaganda, ed. Jonathan Auerbach and Russ Castronovo. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
“The Aesthetics of Railing: Troilus and Cressida and Coriolanus,” Renaissance and Reformation 31.3 (2008): 69-102.
“Sodomy and Boccaccio’s Heteroerotic Aesthetics,” Explorations in Renaissance Culture 34.1 (2008): 71-90. [Note: although I have been a reader for this journal, submissions for the journal are blind submissions.]
“Promiscuous Textualities: the Nashe-Harvey Controversy and the Unnatural Productions of Print.” Parenting and Printing in Early Modern England. Ed. Douglas Brooks. Ashgate, 2005.
“’Unmanly Melancholy’: Lack, Fetishism, and Abuse in Timon of Athens. Criticism 42 (2000): 207-228.
“Philoclea Parsed: Prose, Poetry and Femininity in Sidney’s Old Arcadia. Framing Elizabethan Fictions: Contemporary Approaches to Early Modern Prose Narrative. Ed. Constance C. Relihan. Kent: Kent State University Press, 1997.
“Engendering Pericles.” Literature and Psychology 42 (1996): 53-75.
“The Unauthorized Orpheus of Astrophil and Stella.” Studies in English Literature 35.1 (1995): 19-34.
“Ruptured Closure: Sir Philip Sidney and the Poetics of Contradiction.”
Manuela Scarci, ed. and intro. Creating Women: Representation, Self-Representation and Agency in the Renaissance. Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 10. 1 (2015): 185-88.
Jesse Lander, Inventing Polemic: Religion, Print, and Literary Culture in Early Modern England. Renaissance Quarterly 61.2 (2008): 663-64.
Richard Halpern, Shakespeare’s Perfume: Sodomy and Sublimity in the Sonnets, Wilde, Freud, and Lacan. Sixteenth-Century Studies. 35.1 (2003): 306.
Katharine Maus, Inwardness and the Theater in the English Renaissance. Comparative Drama 30.3 (1996): 426-428.
Reader for the Editorial Board, Explorations in Renaissance Culture, 1995- 2013.
Reader for Shakespeare Bulletin, 2013.
ORGANIZER/CHAIR OF CONFERENCE PANELS AND WORKSHOPS:
Organizer, Panel on “Foreign Queens Consort: Borders, Movement, Agency.” The Renaissance Society of America. Philadelphia, PA. April 2021.
Organizer, Panel on “Aristocracy, Agency, Authorship: The Letters of Catherine of Aragon, Mary Sidney, and Henrietta Maria.” The Renaissance Society of America. Toronto, Ca., March, 2019.
Main Organizer “Agency and Performance: Queen Consorts in Early Modern History and Literature” (co-proposed with Susan Dunn-Henley, Wheaton College, and Jessica Devos, Yale University), Attending to Early Modern Women Conference. Milwaukee, WI, June, 2018.
Chair, Panel on “Rethinking the Shakespearean Body,” Renaissance Society of America. Los Angeles, CA. April, 2018.
Organizer, Chair, and Panelist, “Are We Not Men? Gesture, Appetite and the Definition of Man, 1598-1854.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Philadelphia, PA, November, 2008.
Organizer, Chair, and Panelist, “Perspectives on Shakespeare.” Renaissance Society of America. Philadelphia, PA, December, 2006.
Organizer, Chair, and Panelist, “Gossip, Abuse, and the Novelties of Print.” Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference. San Antonio, TX, March, 2002.
SELECTED PAPERS PRESENTED:
“Movement, Gesture, and the Shaping of Catherine of Aragon’s Reputation.” Renaissance Society of America. [Online Conference] April 2021.
“Catherine of Aragon as England’s Deferential, Beloved, and Very Angry Queen.” Seminar on “Women’s Anger.” Shakespeare Association of America, [Online Conference] April 2020.
“English Chronicles and the Subjectivities of Catherine of Aragon.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. St. Louis, MO, October, 2019.
“Editing Catherine of Aragon’s Letters.” Seminar on “Editing Editing.” Shakespeare Association of America, Washington, D.C., April, 2019.
“Who Wrote Catherine of Aragon’s Last Letter?” Renaissance Society of America Conference. March, 2019. Toronto, Ca.
“Chronicle, Drama and the Competing Voices of Catherine of Aragon.” Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference. October 2018. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“History, Divorce, and the Disruption of Romance in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII (All is True).” Seminar on “Revisiting Genre Theory.” Shakespeare Association of America, Los Angeles, March, 2018.
“Performing Catherine of Aragon, 1525-1533.” Seminar on “Early Modern Drama Beyond Performance.” Shakespeare Association of America, Atlanta, April 2017.
“Creating Catherines: Catherine of Aragon versus Shakespeare (and Fletcher’s) Katherine. Seminar on “Absence and Omission in Shakespeare.” Shakespeare Association of America. New Orleans, March, 2016.
Katherine without Words: Shakespeare’s Katherine and the Historical Catherine of Aragon.” Shakespeare Association of America. Seminar on “Shakespeare Without Words.” April 2014, St. Louis Missouri.
“Creating Catherine of Aragon in England, Spain, and Italy, 1520-1540”. Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference. October 2013. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“Catherine of Aragon’s Virginity: Nostalgia for an Imagined Prelapsarian England in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII”. Renaissance Society of America. San Diego, CA, April 2013. San Diego, CA.
“Katherine and Catholicism: Nostalgic Inscriptions of Morality Play and Dream Vision in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII. Seminar on “Race/Religion and Gender: Medieval Continuities in Early Modern English Drama,” Shakespeare Association of America, Toronto, Canada, March, 2013.
“Representing the Unrepresentable: Catherine of Aragon’s Virginity, the Divorce Trial, and Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.” Ohio Shakespeare Conference. Marietta, Ohio, October 2012.
“From Poughkeepsie to Paris: The Humanities, Vassar College, and the Re-Emergence of American Tourism in Europe, 1949,” Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association, Pittsburgh, PA, November, 2012.
“Stephen Greenblatt’s ‘Fiction and Friction’: A Queer Text?” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference. Bellevue, WA, April 2011.
“Men are Such Dogges: Animal Appetites and the Appetite for Print, 1588-1617.” Faculty Research Talk. The College of Wooster. September, 2010.
“’Stewes,’ ‘Pewes,’ and the Erotic Productions of Print.” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference. Seminar on “The Marprelate Effect.” Washington, D.C.: April, 2009.
“Ephemeral Intimacies: Elizabethan Productions of Railing.” Seminar on “Innovation and Technology.” Shakespeare Association of America. Dallas, TX. March, 2008.
“Railing and Queer Homosocial Affect: The Marprelate Pamphlets and Timon of Athens. Seminar on “Looking Sideways: Queer Perspectives on Heterosexualites. Shakespeare Association of America. Philadelphia, PA. April, 2006.
“Vitriolic Masculinities: The Anti-Poetics of the War of the Theaters.” Renaissance Society of America. New York, NY. March, 2004.
“Scanning Woman’s Anger: Early Modern Misandronic Poetry.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Newport Beach, CA. October, 2003.
“The Poetry and Politics of Slander.” Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference. San Antonio, TX. October, 2002.
“Aubrey’s Wives: the Aesthetics of Gossip in John Aubrey’s Brief Lives.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Philadelphia, PA. November, 2001.
“Print, Effeminacy, and the Renaissance Poetics of Abuse.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. New Orleans, LA. November, 2000.
“Patriarchy, Sodomy, and the Heteroerotic Aesthetics of the Decameron. Modern Language Association. Chicago, IL. December, 1999.
“Print, Abuse Pamphlets, and the Production of Male Authorial Identity in Sixteenth-Century England.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Newport, RI. November, 1998.
“The Abuse of Language and the Languages of Abuse in Timon of Athens.” Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference. Atlanta, GA. October, 1997.
“Nashe, Anger, and the Elizabethan Aesthetics of Effeminacy.” Medieval, Renaissance,Baroque Conference. Miami, FL. February, 1996.
“A ‘Serpent’s Tail’ and ‘Sinful Fancies’: Incarnating Sidney’s Poetics in As You Like It. Seminar on Sidney and Shakespeare. Shakespeare Association of America. Albuquerque, NM. April, 1994.
“Philoclea Parsed: Prose, Poetry, and Femininity in Sidney’s Old Arcadia.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. Atlanta, GA. October, 1992.
BLOGGING AND DIGITAL PROJECTS:
Blog posts for the Hales Fund (The College of Wooster), “Time and Space in London” at http://haleslondon.scotblogs.wooster.edu/ (my postings are under “mprendergast”)
Blog Posts on Tourism in Western Europe, 1949, at http://www.fourtravelers1949.com/
Public Zotero Bibliography on Catherine of Aragon at: https://www.zotero.org/groups/1825884/catherine_of_aragon_public_bibliography (you will need to cut and paste this link onto your browser) or search under the category “People” in Zotero for “Maria Teresa Prendergast”
Comparison of Catherine of Aragon Bibliographies; shareable link at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Zqg2ZD6i1w4TH1EmDxWN4VOtVdyhx9_TUBU7yXxLHC8/edit?usp=sharing (you will need to cut and paste this link onto your browser)
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS (Participant):
“Day of Digital Learning,” “Introduction to Digital Editing and Text Encoding,” and “Data Organization for Beginners,” sponsored by The Renaissance Society of America, [Online Conference, March 9 and March 14, 2021]
“Day of Digital Learning,” “Data Organization,” sponsored by The Renaissance Society of America. [Online Conference, April 16, 2020]
“Day of Digital Learning,” sponsored by The Renaissance Society of America. Victoria College. March 16, 2019. Toronto, Ca.
“The Handwriting and Culture of Early Modern English Manuscripts.” Rare Book School. The University of Virginia, October, 2017.
“London: Time and Space.” Hales Fund Research and Discussion Group, September 2016-April 2017; research trip to London, July-August, 2017.
“What are the Digital Humanities?” Midwest Faculty Seminar. The University of Chicago. November, 2013.
“Shakespeare and Performance.” Shakespeare Association of America. Cleveland, Ohio, April, 1998.
Renaissance Society of America Short Term Research Fellowship, 2017-2018, $4,000
Henry Luce III Fund for Distinguished Scholarship, 2016-2017 $7,386.
Henry Luce III Fund for Distinguished Scholarship, 2012-2013. $6,400.
Great Lakes College Association, New Directions Grant, 2011-2013. $7,800.
Summer Research Grant, Grinnell College, Summer, 2006.
Summer Research Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, June and July, 2005.
Development Grant: Writing Intensive Course, The College of Wooster, Summer, 2002.
President’s Travel Grant, University of South Alabama, 1996.
Travel Research Grant, University of Miami, 1992, 1993.
Summer Orovitz Research Grant, University of Miami, 1991, 1992.
Reviewer, Renaissance Society of America Fellowships Committee, 2019-2020
Renaissance Society of America Mentoring Program, 2018-2019
Fluent: Spanish, French.
Good reading knowledge: Italian, German, Latin.
Reading knowledge: Middle Welsh.
Graduate and Upper-Level Undergraduate Courses:
The Renaissance Love Lyric (University of Miami)
Spenser (University of South Alabama)
Renaissance Fantasies (University of Miami)
The European Renaissance (University of Miami)
Milton (Grinnell College)
Sixteenth-Century English Literature (Grinnell College)
Shakespeare’s Comedies (Grinnell College)
Shakespeare’s Last Plays (University of Miami)
Shakespeare’s Early Plays (University of Miami)
Shakespeare’s Later Plays (University of Miami)
Queens (crosslisted with WGGS) (College of Wooster)
After Shakespeare (College of Wooster)
Senior Independent Study (College of Wooster)
Junior Independent Study (College of Wooster)
200 level courses
Spenser to Milton (College of Wooster)
Before the Novel (College of Wooster)
Fictions of the Caribbean, 1492-1798 (College of Wooster)
Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama (College of Wooster)
Renaissance Bromance (College of Wooster)
Shakespeare (College of Wooster)
Renaissance Fantasies (College of Wooster)
European and Caribbean Surrealism (College of Wooster)
Imagining the Caribbean, 1492 to 1798 (College of Wooster)
Investigations in Literary Theory (College of Wooster)
Children as Readers (College of Wooster)
Children as Readers (College of Wooster)
British and American Women Writers (University of Miami)
Traditions in British Literature, I (Grinnell College)
English Literature to 1603 (University of South Alabama)
English Literature, 1603-1789 (University of South Alabama)
English Literature, Medieval to 18th Century (University of Miami)
Masterpieces of World Literature, I (University of Miami)
Intermediate Composition (University of Virginia)
100 level courses
Icons of Western Culture (College of Wooster)
Imagining the Caribbean: 1492-1798 (College of Wooster; Grinnell College)
“He Said, She Said”: The Cultural Poetics of Gossip, 1350-1701 (College of Wooster)
Introduction to Shakespeare (University of Virginia)
Lunatics, Lovers and Poets (College of Wooster)
(cross-listed with Comparative Literature)
Language, Literature, and Culture (College of Wooster)
Literary Analysis (Grinnell College)
Introduction to Non-Fictional Writing (College of Wooster)
Freshman Composition (University of Virginia)
Writing Tutorial (College of Wooster)