Jeffrey S Theis

Jeffrey S Theis

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 35 Loring Ave-104
Phone: 978-542-6845
Email: jeffrey.theis@salemstate.edu
Resume: Jeffrey S Theis [DOC 59KB]

Fall & Winter Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
3052 01 ENL160 Literature I: Reading Broadly
3159 01 ENL442 Studies in Shakespeare

Professional Biography

Ph.D., English, University of Wisconsin at Madison
M.A., English, University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A., English, Kenyon College

Professional Interests

English Renaissance writing, especially William Shakespeare and John Milton. I also am interested in ecocritical approaches (taking nature and environment into account) to early modern English writing. My recent book focuses on forests and pastoral, and my current book project attends to the relationship between architecture and nature in literary texts.

Responsibilities

Faculty Coordinator, University Center for Research and Creative Activities

English Department faculty

Selected Publications

Book:

Writing the Forest in Early Modern England: A Sylvan Pastoral Nation. Duquesne University Press, 2009.

Articles:

Forthcoming 2014: “Marvell’s “Upon Appleton House” and Tree-Felling: A Political Woodpecker,” in Ecological Approaches to Early Modern English Texts: A Field Guide to Reading and Teaching. Eds. Edward Geisweidt, Jennifer Munroe, and Lynne Bruckner. Under Contract with Ashgate Press.

"Ecocritical Milton," in Approaches to Teaching Milton's Paradise Lost, 2nd edition, ed. Peter Herman. New York: Modern Language Association, 2012.

"The 'purlieus of heaven': Milton's Eden as a Pastoral Forest," in Renaissance Ecology: Imagining Eden in Miltons England, ed. Ken Hiltner. Duquesne UP, 2008.

"Collegiality and the Department Mailbox: Subdivide and Conquer," Profession 2006. New York: Modern Language Association, 2006.

"Milton's Principles of Architecture," English Literary Renaissance 35:1 (Winter, 2005): 102-122.

"The 'ill-killd Deer:' Poaching and Social Order in The Merry Wives of Windsor," Texas Studies in Literature and Language 43.1 (Spring, 2001): 46-73.

Selected Presentations

"The Private and the Social: ‘Natural' Architecture and Dwelling in Cymbeline and The Tempest," for the seminar "Theater and Geography: Comparative Perspectives," Shakespeare Association of America, Boston, MA, April 5-7, 2012.

"Connecting the Arts and Humanities through Shakespeare: A Model for Multidisciplinary Approaches and Collaborations" session with Dr. Elizabeth Kenney from Salem State and Lori Taylor, Project Director for Actors' Shakespeare Project, for the conference "Arts & Humanities: Toward a Flourishing State," Association of American Colleges and Universities, Providence, RI, November 5, 2011.

"Primitive Architecture, Temporary Dwelling? Cells, Caves, and Environment in The Tempest and Cymbeline," for the seminar entitled "Green Scenes in Shakespeare," Shakespeare Association of America, Bellevue, WA, April 7-9, 2011.

"Common Theft and Appropriation: Shakespeare's Robin Hoods and the Spatial Politics of Woodland Common," for the seminar "The Common," Shakespeare Association of America, Chicago, April 1-3, 2010.

"Transient Milton: Place, Home, and Movement in Milton's Life and Poetry," The Ninth International Milton Symposium, London, July 7-11, 2008.