Professor of English, not currently teaching, in MSFEO program
Ancient, medieval, and Renaissance poetry; Shakespeare; history of poetry; literature and religion; literature and the natural world.


Theresa Krier’s scholarship is in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance poetry; her teaching interests include poetry and poetics, religion and literature, Shakespeare, genre, and nature writing. She is the author of Birth Passages: Maternity and Nostalgia, Antiquity to Shakespeare (Cornell, 2001) and Gazing on Secret Sights: Spenser, Classical Imitation, and the Decorums of Vision (Cornell, 1990). She is the editor of Refiguring Chaucer in the Renaissance (Florida, 1998); co-editor, with Elizabeth D. Harvey, of Luce Irigaray and Premodern Culture: Thresholds of History (Routledge, 2004), and co-editor of two special issues of Spenser Studies: A Renaissance Poetry Annual. She is currently at work on a book about gesture and movement in poetry.

Recent Essays

  • “Gender Studies and Spenser Studies.” The Oxford Handbook of Spenser Studies, ed. Richard McCabe.
  • “Field Poetics.” Review essay of Environment & Embodiment in Early Modern England. Shakespeare Studies.
  • “The Faerie Queene (1596).” In A Critical Companion to Spenser Studies, ed. Bart van Es.
  • “Time Lords: Rhythm and Interval in Spenser’s Stanzaic Narrative.” Spenser Studies XXI (2006): 1-19.
  • “Psychic Deadness in Allegory: Spenser’s House of Mammon and Attacks on Linking.” In Imagining Death in Spenser and Milton.
  • “Mère marine: Narrative and Natality in Homer and Virgil.” In Luce Irigaray and Premodern Culture: Thresholds of History.
  • “Daemonic Allegory: The Elements in Late Spenser, Late Shakespeare, and Irigaray.” Spenser Studies XVIII, pages 315-42.


PhD: University of Michigan, 1983