Genelle Gertz

Associate Professor of English and Writing Program Director

Genelle Gertz

Payne 111
540.458.8763
gertzg@wlu.edu

Education

Ph.D., English, Princeton University, 2003
M.A., English, Princeton University, 1998
M.A., English, University of Pittsburgh, 1996
B.A., English & Philosophy, magna cum laude, Wheaton College, 1994

Research

Medieval and early modern women writers; the Reformation; republicanism and the English revolution; prophecy, mysticism and heresy trials; the politics of reading.

Teaching

WRIT 100-First Year Writing Seminar
English 250-British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance
English 236-The Bible as Literature
English 252-Shakespeare
English 316-The Tudors
English 326-Seventeenth-Century Poetry
English 330-Milton

Medieval and Renaissance Studies 110-Romance and Mysticism

Seminar and Capstone Topics

Trials, Torture, and the Truth
The Damned: Hell from Virgil to Milton
Writers and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England
Senior Research and Writing: The Memoir

Selected Publications

Books

Heresy Trials and English Women Writers, 1400-1670. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Selected Articles and Chapters

"Heresy Inquisition and Authorship, 1400-1560." The Culture of Inquisition in Medieval England. Ed. Mary C. Flannery and Katie L. Walter. Westfield Medieval Studies: Boydell and Brewer, 2013. 130-45.

"Barbara Constable's Advice for Confessors and the Tradition of Medieval Holy Women." The English Convents in Exile, 1600-1800 - Communities, Culture and Identity. Ed. Caroline Bowden and James Kelley. Ashgate Press, 2013: 123-138.

"Heresies." Cambridge Shakespeare Encyclopedia, Vol I: Shakespeare's World. Ed. Bruce Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

"Stepping into the Pulpit? Women's Preaching in The Book of Margery Kempe and The Examinations of Anne Askew." Voices in Dialogue: Reading Women in the Middle Ages. Ed. Linda Olson and Kathryn Kerby-Fulton. Notre Dame: U of Notre Dame P, 2005. 459-82.

"Still Martyred After All These Years: Generational Suffering in Milton's Areopagitica." English Literary History 70.4 (2004).

Work In Progress

Medieval and Seventeenth-Century Women Mystics.