Genelle Gertz Professor of English and Director, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Genelle Gertz

Payne 111


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.” The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare, Vol. 2. Ed Bruce Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

"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 The Rise of Prison Literature in the Sixteenth Century by Ruth Ahnert, Historians of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland E-List (July 2016).

Review of Edmund Campion: A Scholarly Life by Gerard Kilroy, Reformation Vol. 21 No.1 (May 2016): 71-73.

Review of Transforming Work: Early Modern Pastoral and Late Medieval Poetry by Katherine Little, The Yearbook of Langland Studies 30 (2016).

Review of Romancing the Self in Early Modern Englishwomen’s Life Writing by Julie Eckerle, The Sixteenth Century Journal, 46.2 (2015), 409-11.

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.