Theresa Kenney, Ph.D.

Theresa Kenney received her Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her research interests include Shakespeare, Medieval literature, Dante, and Nineteenth-Century novels, especially Jane Austen. 


B.A. English and Classics, Pennsylvania State University
M.A. English, University of Notre Dame
Ph.D. English, Stanford University

Recent Courses


  • Literary Tradition I, II, III, IV
  • Jane Austen
  • Arthurian Romance
  • Charles Dickens
  • Medieval Lyric and Romance
  • Religious Lyric
  • Shakespeare
  • John Donne

Research Interests

  • Metaphysical poets
  • Shakespeare
  • Medieval Romance and Lyric Dante
  • Myth
  • Nineteenth Century Novel, especially Jane Austen.

Selected Publications

  • The Christ Child in Medieval Culture: Alpha es et O!   Co-edited with Mary Dzon. University of Toronto Press, 2012.
  • "The Christ Child on Fire: Robert Southwell's Mighty Babe."   ELR 42.2 (2012). Forthcoming.
  • "Jane Austen, Revolution, Socialist Realism, and Reception: A Response to Helong Zhang's 'Jane Austen: 100 Years in China.'" Persuasions 33 (2012).
  • "Aisha, Rajshree Ojha's Urban Emma: Not Entirely Clueless."   Persuasions On-Line 32.1 (Winter 2011).
  • "Why Edward Ferrars Doesn't Dance."   In Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.  Ed. by Eleanor Donlon. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. Forthcoming.
  • "Mansfield Park and the Conscience Outside the Self."  In Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.  Ed by Eleanor Donlon. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010.
  • "Compassion and Condemnation in Wuthering Heights: Mediation, Christianity, and the Occult." In Wuthering Heights. Ed. by Joseph Pearce. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2008.
  • "'Slyness Seems the Fashion': Dexterous Revelations in Pride and Prejudice." Persuasions 27 (2006).
  • "'As she was not really Mrs. Croft': Playing the Admiral's Wife in Bath." Persuasions 26 (2005).
  • "The Infant Christ as Inspiration to the Anglo-Saxons." Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, March 2003.
  • "Arcangela Tarabotti, Venetian Humanist and Nun." Canticle, 2000.
  • "From Francesca to Francesco: Transcribing the Tale of Passion from the Inferno to the Paradiso, or Thomas Aquinas as Romancier." Religion and Literature 31.1 (1999).
  • "Women Are Not Human": An Anonymous Treatise and Responses.  NY: Crossroad, 1998.
  • John Donne's Conversion from Misogyny." English Renaissance Prose 6 (1997-98).