Claire J. C. Eager

Claire Eager

English - Asst. Prof.

Office: Kauke 222
Phone: 330-287-1926


  • A.B. cum laude, History, Harvard University, 2003
  • M.Phil., Development Studies, University of Oxford, 2005
  • M.A., English Studies, Oxford Brookes University, 2008
  • M.A., English, University of Virginia, 2013
  • Ph.D., English, University of Virginia, 2017

Courses Taught

  • English 12000: Language, Literature and Culture – Strange Journeys in Children's Literature
  • English 22001: Shakespeare – War and Memory in Shakespeare
  • English 23042: British Literature to 1800 – Pictures and Conversations: Identity, Inclusion, Illustration

Awards and Experience

  • Early Printed Books in Antwerp Fellowship, Plantin­Moretus Museum & Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, 2019
  • Richard Guy Wilson Prize for Excellence in the Study of Buildings, Landscapes & Places, Uniiversity of Virginia, 2017
  • Co-Curator, "Faulkner: Life and Works" (2017); "Shakespeare by the Book: Four Centuries of Printing, Editing, and Publishing" (2016), University of Virginia Special Collections
  • Certificate of Proficiency with Specialization in Book Design & Production, Rare Book School, 2016
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, 2014-2016 (Senior Fellow, 2017-present)
  • Dumbarton Oaks Short-Term Pre-Doctoral Residency in Garden & Landscape Studies, 2014


  • "A Fountain for the Countess: Co-creating Paradise in Donne's 'Twicknam Garden,'" Studies in Philology 117.3 (forthcoming Summer 2020).
  • "The Source of Poetry: Pernaso, Paradise, and Spenser's Chaucerian Craft," in Rereading Chaucer and Spenser: Dan Geffrey with the New Poete, eds. T. Badcoe, R. Stenner, & G. Griffiths, Manchester UP, 2019, pp. 75-97.


Claire J. C. Eager has taught courses in medieval and early modern British literature, Shakespeare, Austen, composition, poetry, children's literature, and environmental studies at Colorado College and the University of Virginia. At Wooster, she will teach Shakespeare, topics in early modern British literature, the early British survey, and introductory literature courses. Her research in early modern British literature and material culture focuses on poetry, print, and landscape in the context of global contact; her teaching interests extend from medieval studies to contemporary poetry and environmental writing. Her book-in-progress, Vertuall Paradise: Vaulting Ambitions Brought to Earth in Tudor and Stuart England, investigates visions of paradise in early modern English literature alongside the material practices of making poems, books, and gardens in the period, with a particular focus on imperial, ecological, and ethical implications. Prof. Eager has presented and published on Chaucer, Spenser, Donne, Shakespeare, Milton, and early modern horticulture and conducted research in England, Scotland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. She has lived in Colorado Springs, Charlottesville, Oxford, Boston, and Washington, DC, and enjoys reading, hiking, baking, taking care of plants, and spending time with her husband and cat.