Dr. Smith's research draws on theories of affect and gender to explore conceptions of the embodied soul in late medieval and early modern English literature. He has published essays on humoral medicine and rhetoric in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and Spenser's Faerie Queene, and is currently working on a monograph exploring the so-called "motions of the soul" in late medieval and early modern dream vision literature. In addition to publishing a number of essays related to the teaching of Renaissance drama and poetry, Dr. Smith co-edited a collection of essays, "Teaching Medieval Literature Off the Grid," for the journal Pedagogy.
Dr. Smith's teaching focuses on the literature of ancient, medieval, and early modern England, Europe, and the Non-Western world.
Courses taught include:
ENG 134 - Introduction to Literature: "Reading Michigan and the World"
ENG 201 - Intermediate Composition: “Reading and Writing about Digital Culture”
ENG 234 - "Introduction to Literary Analysis”
ENG 235 - “Encountering Others: English Literature from its Beginnings to 1800”
ENG 261 - “Masterpieces of Ancient Literature”
ENG 262 - “Interrogating Masterpieces of European Literature”
ENG 335C - "Visions of the Otherworld in Classical and Medieval World"
ENG 336 - “Early Modern English Literature”
ENG 336C - "Literature on the Move: Early Modern World"
ENG 349 - “Perilous Shakespeare,” “Performing Shakespeare,” "Political Shakespeare"
ENG 362 - “Visionary Literature of the Medieval World”
ENG 435 - “Sympathy for the Devil? Paradise Lost and its Afterlife”
ENG 460 - "Reading Emotions: Literature and Psychological, Cognitive, and Affect Theory"
ENG 545 - “Revolutionary Chaucer,” "De-fragmenting Chaucer," "Chaucer: Language, History, Theory, Research"
Degrees and Universities
Doctor of Philosophy—English, Indiana University, Bloomington, July 2008
Master of Arts—English, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1998
Bachelor of Arts—University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1993