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Dr. Shannon E. Kelley

Assistant Professor of English
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 139
p: x3453


Current Research Interests

My research looks at how some of the earth’s constitutive elements were associated with resurrection, power, and trauma throughout medieval and early modern Europe.  I have written about the scientific, cultural, and Christological significance of coral in Ariel’s second song from The Tempest, for JEMCS. I also finished a project on trauma, female subjectivity, and the Heliades (whose tears become amber) in Andrew Marvell’s “The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn” (forthcoming, SEL).  My current work examines the Cinquecento sea grotto as an artistic coping strategy for cataclysmic Arno floods. 

My book manuscript examines the literary trope of the wounded tree.  In this project, I expose convergences between disability studies, literary ecocriticism, and trauma theory, and explore the ramifications of considering trauma a disability in early modern England, but also for contemporary audiences.  The book will be of interest to those who work on gender and sexuality, literary ecocriticism, and the medical humanities, where stories and the visual arts are actively linked to coping with disease.

Courses Taught

  1. EN 11: Texts and Contexts I
  2. EN 12: Texts and Contexts II
  3. EN 141: Imagining Shakespeare
  4. EN 143: Greenworld: Eng Lit & Envirnmt
  5. EN 213: Shakespeare I
  6. EN 214: Shakespeare II
  7. ENW 347: Independent Writing Project