Maria Teresa Micaela Prendergast

Maria Teresa Micaela Prendergast

Associate Professor (on leave fall 2017-18)

Department/Affiliation: English
Phone: 330-263-2617
Office Address: 223 Kauke


  • B.A., Yale 1977
  • M.A., Virginia 1983
  • Ph.D., Virginia 1990

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 120: Lunatics, Lovers, and Poets
  • ENGL 160: Creative/Critical Non-fiction
  • ENGL 220: Shakespeare (Before 1800)
  • ENGL 230: Spenser to Milton (Before 1800)
  • ENGL 230: Fictions of the Caribbean, 1492-1798
  • ENGL 240: Before the Novel (Before 1800)
  • First Year Seminar: Idols of Western Culture
  • Comparative Literature: Renaissance Fantasies and Surrealism

Current Research

  • "Fashioning Catherine of Aragon:  the Literary, Political, and Epistolary Battle over Catherine's Reputation, 1501-1701"



  • Railing, Reviling and Invective in Early Modern Literary Culture, 1588-1617. Ashgate Press, 2012
  • Renaissance Fantasies: the Gendering of Aesthetics in Early Modern Fiction, Kent State University Press, 2000.


  • “The Invention of Propaganda: a Translation and Critical Commentary of Inscrutabili Divinae.” Oxford Handbook of Propaganda, eds. Jonathan Auerbach and Russ Castronovo. Forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • “The Aesthetics of Railing: Troilus and Cressida and Coriolanus,” Renaissance and Reformation 31,3 (2008): 69-102.
  • “Sodomy and Boccaccio’s Heteroerotic Aesthetics,” Explorations in Renaissance Culture 34, 1 (2008): 71-90.
  • “Promiscuous Textualities: the Nashe-Harvey Controversy and the Unnatural Productions of Print.” In Parenting and Printing in Early Modern England. Ed. Douglas Brooks. Ashgate, 2005.
  • “’Unmanly Melancholy’: Lack, Fetishism, and Abuse in Timon of Athens.” Criticism 42 (2000): 207-228.
  • “Philoclea Parsed: Prose, Poetry and Femininity in Sidney’s Old Arcadia.” In Framing Elizabethan Fictions: Contemporary Approaches to Early Modern Prose Narrative. Ed. Constance C. Relihan. Kent: Kent State University Press, 1997.
  • "Engendering Pericles." Literature and Psychology 42 (1996): 53-75.
  • "The Unauthorized Orpheus of Astrophil and Stella." Studies in English Litera­ture 35: 1 (1995) 19-34.


Prendergast specializes in early modern English, European, and Caribbean Literatures, with particular emphasis in gender studies, cultural studies, and aesthetics.