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Dr. Shannon E. Kelley

Assistant Professor of English
skelley@fairfield.edu
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 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, and I am currently working on 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.”  

My next project, on The Winter’s Tale, has at its basis the possibility of a lingering devotional charge in a sacred object, the paternoster, or set of amber prayer beads, that Autolycus offers to sell in act 4. 

Courses Taught

  1. EN 11: Texts and Contexts I
  2. EN 34: Ind Writing Project 201101
  3. EN 143: TheGreenworld:EngLitr&the Envr
  4. EN 200: Spec Top:Intro Science Fiction
  5. EN 223: Comparative Ren Literature
  6. EN 314: Renaissance Eros
  7. EN 337: Intro to Literary Theory
  8. EN 351: Intro to Literary Theory