Shannon E. Kelley

Assistant Professor of English

Shannon Kelley (Duke University, Ph.D.) is an assistant professor in the English department at Fairfield University, specializing in ecocriticism, Women’s Studies, and early modern literature. Her work has appeared in Renaissance Studies, The Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, The Shakespearean International Yearbook, and Studies in English Literature, where her article “Amber, the Heliades, and the Poetics of Trauma in Marvell’s ‘The Nymph Complaining’” received the Monroe Kirk Spears Award. She has an article on queer desire and the contreblason forthcoming in June’s issue of Renaissance Drama. At Fairfield, she is the Humanities Institute Seminar Faculty Fellow for 2015-2017. She recently received an RSA-Huntington Grant in 2016 in support of her current manuscript, Wounded Trees and the Poetics of Trauma in the English Renaissance, which investigates stories of women who become trees in early modern lyric.

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