Teaching Interests
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Educational Background

College of Arts & letters

Caroline McManus
Associate Professor

Office: E & T A 609
Phone: 323-343-4151
FAX: 323-343-6470
Email: cmcmanu@calstatela.edu


Prof. McManus teaches courses ranging from English 250 to graduate seminars in Renaissance literature, but she most frequently teaches the following: English 200B (Survey of English Literature I), English 417 (Shakespeare I), English 419 (Milton), English 463 (Renaissance Literature), English 464 (Seventeenth-Century Literature), and English 494 (Literary Study and the Teaching Profession). Her approach to literary texts combines historicism, feminism, and formalism.


Interested in early modern English literature and culture, Professor McManus has published articles on a variety of topics, including the depiction of women in portraits of Elizabeth I, the significance of nursing in Spenser's *Faerie Queene,* the performance of the Maundy Thursday service and its satirical reenactment in Jonson's *Alchemist* (forthcoming in *English Literary Renaissance*), and Wharton's adaptation of Shakespearean romantic comedy in *The House of Mirth* (forthcoming in *Studies in Philology*). She is also interested in innovative pedagogical strategies; she contributed an essay on using commonplace books to *Approaches to Teaching Shorter Elizabethan Poetry* and her essay on adaptations of Shakespeare for children is forthcoming in an edited volume to be published by Routledge. Her first book, *Spenser's Faerie Queene and the Reading of Women,* is being published by the University of Delaware Press, and she is working on a second book-length study entitled *"Wise Enough to Play the Fool": Women and Fools in the Drama of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries.*

Representative Professional Activities



2002 Spenser's Faerie Queene and the Reading of Women (University of Delaware Press)
2000 "The Multiple Readerships of Elizab ethan Poetry." Approaches to Teaching Shorter Elizabethan Poetry. Ed. Patrick Cheney and Anne Lake Prescott. New York: Modern Language Association, 2000. 119-122.
1997 "The 'careful Nourse': Female Piety in Spenser's Legend of Holiness." Huntington Library Quarterly 60.4 (1997): 381-406.
1995 "Reading the Margins: Female Courtiers in the Portraits of Elizabeth I." Ben Jonson Journal 2 (1995): 31-58.


Ph.D. English 1992

Los Angeles, CA

M.A. English 1986
University of Exeter


B.A. English 1982
Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

Fall 2001 SCHEDULE

CourseSect. No.TitleUnitsDay & TimeRoom
English 463 01 English Renaissance 4 T, Th 11:40-1:20
English 494 01 Literary Study and the Teaching Profession 4 M 6:10-10



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