Maria Teresa Micaela Prendergast
Department of English, Kauke Hall
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-present;
Chair of the English Department, 2014-2016
College of Wooster: Assistant Professor, 2008-2010
College of Wooster: 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
Reader for the Editorial Board, Explorations in Renaissance Culture, 1995- 2013.
Reader for Shakespeare Bulletin, 2013.
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: Performing the Legend of Henry VIII’s Pious, Loyal Queen, 1501-1630.”
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
Essay Under Submission:
“Catherine of Aragon Creates ‘Catherine of Aragon.’”
“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.
SELECTED PAPERS PRESENTED (AND TO BE PRESENTED):
“Testing Shakespearean Genres: Nostalgia and the Hybrid Genre of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.” Seminar on “Revisiting Genre Theory.” Shakespeare Association of America, Los Angeles, March, 2018. (Accepted.)
“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 Heterosexuality.”
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
ORGANIZER OF CONFERENCE PANELS AND WORKSHOPS:
“Agency and Performance: Queen Consorts in Early Modern History and Literature” (main organizer; co-proposed with Susan Dunn-Henley, Wheaton College and Jessica Devos, Yale University: I will not hear back until December, 2017 as to whether this workshop has been accepted). Attending to Early Modern Women Conference. Milwaukee, WI, June, 2018.
“Are We Not Men? Gesture, Appetite and the Definition of Man, 1598-1854.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Philadelphia, PA, November, 2008.
“Perspectives on Shakespeare.” Renaissance Society of America. Philadelphia, PA,
“Gossip, Abuse, and the Novelties of Print.” Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference. San
Antonio, TX, March, 2002.
BLOGGING AND DIGITAL PROJECTS:
Blog posts for the Hales Fund, “Time and Space in London” at http://haleslondon.scotblogs.wooster.edu/(my postings are under “mprendergast”)
Blog on Tourism in Western Europe, 1949, at
Public Zotero Bibliography on Catherine of Aragon at:https://www.zotero.org/groups/1825884/catherine_of_aragon_public_bibliography
Comparison of Catherine of Aragon Biographies; shareable link at:
CHAIR FOR CONFERENCE SESSIONS:
“Rethinking the Shakespearean Body.” Renaissance Society of America. New Orleans, LA, March, 2018.
“Men are Such ‘Dogges’: Animal Appetites and the Appetite for Print in Early Modern Misandronic Pamphlets.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Philadelphia, PA, November, 2008.
“Perspectives on Shakespeare.” Renaissance Society of America. Philadelphia, PA, December, 2006.
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS (Participant):
“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. Sponsored by the College of Wooster. I also chose the readings and organized discussion for the Session on “Medieval Time/London Time,” September, 2016.
“What are the Digital Humanities?” Midwest Faculty Seminar. The University of Chicago. November, 2013.
“Shakespeare and Performance. Shakespeare Association of America. Cleveland, Ohio,
Renaissance Society of America Short Term Research Fellowship, 2017-2018.
Henry Luce III Fund for Distinguished Scholarship, 2016-2017.
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.
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)
College of Wooster (2007-2017):
Great Lakes College Association Committee (2015-2017)
Faculty Development Fund Appointed Committee (2013-2015)
Co-organizer, Diversity Group (2007-2015)
College Representative, Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar (2007-2010)
Organized bringing four students to the Chicago Humanities Festival (2007-2009)
College of Wooster Mellon Fellowship representative (2007-2009)
Participant, Faculty Research Boot Camps (2012-2017)
Co-organizer of the Humanities Group (2014-2016)
Co-organizer of the Medieval-Renaissance Faculty Group (2014-2016)
Organized English Department Celebration of Shakespeare’s Birthday (2016-2017)
Co-sponsored the English Department picnic for English majors (2012-2016)
Co-organized the “After the English Major” panel presentations by four English alumni (2016-2017)
English Department Newsletter (2015-2017)
Organized “Careers and the English Major” workshop with Lisa Castor (2014-2017)
Co-organizer for workshop on applying to graduate school (2007-2011)
English Department Donaldson Fund Committee (2013-2015)
English Department Hilty Fund Committee (2010-2012)
English Department Assessment Committee (2013-15, 2017)
Library Liaison, Department of English (2007-2010)
English Department Junior Independent Study Prize Committee (2009 – 2011)
English Department Writing Prize Committee (2008, 2011)
Grinnell College (2005-2007:
Steering Committee, Early Faculty Career Group
Subcommittee on Social Activities, Early Faculty Career Group
Talk on “The Myth of Mestizaje” for the Student Organization of Latinos
Organized and Conducted a Workshop on Graduate School for English majors
Committee on American Academy for Poets Prize
English Department representative for the Faculty Fair for admitted students
College of Wooster (2000-2005):
Committee on Preparing Students for Graduate School
College Representative for Mellon Fellowships
Workshop for First-Year Seminar Teaching Assistants
Workshops for Writing Consultants and Peer Tutors
Workshop on inadvertent plagiarism
New Faculty Orientation
English Department Writing Prizes Committee
Organizer of Junior Faculty Research Group
University of South Alabama (199501997):
Search Committee, Dept. of English
Faculty Review Committee
M.A. Exam Committee
University of Miami (1990-1995):
Advisory Committee, Dept. of English
Ph.D. Comprehensives Committee
Exam Committee, Master’s Degree
Search Committee, Dept. of English