Genelle Gertz Associate Professor of English and Writing Program Director

Genelle Gertz

Payne 111
On sabbatical 2015-2016


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


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


WRIT 100-First Year Writing Seminar
English 250-British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance
English 237-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


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

Selected Articles and Chapters

"Quaker Mysticism as the Return of the Medieval Repressed: English Women Prophets before and after the Reformation." Mysticism and Reform, 1400-1750. Ed. Sara S. Poor and Nigel Smith. University of Notre Dame Press, 2015. 177-197.

"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).


Review of Strong Women: Life, Text, and Territory 1347-1645 by David Wallace, Recusant History 31.1 (May 2012): 103-5.

Review of Women and the Divine in Literature before 1700: Essays in Memory of Margot Louis, ed. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Religion and Literature (Autumn 2010): 213-5.

Work In Progress

What Happened to Women Mystics after 1534? Funded by a 2015-16 short-term fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library.