Dr. Amelia Zurcher

Amelia Zurcher
Dr. Amelia ZurcherMarquette University

Sensenbrenner Hall, 002

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3475

Professor of English and Director, University Honors Program

My teaching and scholarship focus on Renaissance and seventeenth century British literature. I am particularly interested in genre, historiography, narrative, and gender.

My book Seventeenth-Century English Romance: Allegory, Ethics, and Politics was published by Palgrave in 2007. I edited Judith Man’s Epitome of the Historie of Faire Argenis and Polyarchus for the Early Modern Englishwoman Series from Ashgate Press, and have published articles on a variety of topics in early modern literature.

I teach courses in sixteenth and seventeenth century British literature, including Shakespeare, studies in genre, and studies in gender and literature. As Director of Marquette’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, I also teach the Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and the program capstone course.

Courses Taught

  • Gender Studies
  • Shakespeare
  • Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century British Literature
  • Literary Theory
  • Feminist Theory

Research Interests

  • Early Modern Literature


  • “The Trauma of Self: Hannah Allen and Seventeenth-Century Women’s Spiritual Writing,” Early Modern Trauma, eds. Cynthia D. Richards and Erin Peters.  Lincoln, Nebraska:  University of Nebraska Press, 2021.

  • “Life Writing in the Irish-English Boyle Family Network,” Women’s Life Writing and Early Modern Ireland,” eds. Julie Eckerle and Naomi McAreavey. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2019.

  • "Politics,” The Ashgate Research Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature,eds. Sean Keilen and Nicholas Moschovakis. New York: Routledge, 2017, 190-202
  • "Civility and Extravagance in Timon of Athens and Urania," Mary Wroth and Shakespeare, eds. Paul Salzman and Marion Wynne-Davies. London: Routledge, 2014, 95-112.

  • "The Political Ideologies of Revolutionary Prose Romance," The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution, ed. Laura Lunger Knoppers, Oxford University Press, 2012, 551-66.
  • Serious Extravagance: Romance Writing in Seventeenth-Century England," Literature Compass 8/6, 2011, 376-89.
  • "The Narrative Turn Against Metaphor: Metonymy, Identification, and Roger Boyle's Parthenissa," in Go Figure: Energies, Forms, and Institutions in the Early Modern World, ed. Judith Anderson and Joan Pong Linton (NY: Fordham University Press, 2011), 73-90.

  • Seventeenth-Century English Romance: Allegory, Ethics, and Politics. Palgrave, 2007.
  • An Epitome of the Historie of Argenis and Poliarchus (1640), by Judith Man. For the series The Early Modern Englishwoman. Ashgate Press, 2003 (editor).
  • “Rethinking the Renaissance Image of Virtue: Ethics and the Politic Agent of Early Seventeenth Century Prose Romance.” English Literary Renaissance 35 (2005): 74-101.
  • “Untimely Monuments: Stoicism, History, and the Problem of Utility in The Winter’s Tale and Pericles.” English Literary History 71 (2004): 903-27.

Honors and Awards

  • Marquette University Teaching Excellence Award, 2008
  • Mellon Fellowship, Newberry Library, 2002-3
  • Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, 1993-4
  • George C. Marshall Scholarship, 1987-9

Additional Information

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2024

  • 1929H/901 TuTh 12:30-1:45 O'Brien Hall 150B
    • Honors Foundations Methods of Inquiry (lecture)
  • 1929H/961 TuTh 4:00-4:50 O'Brien Hall 305
    • Honors Foundations Methods of Inquiry (discussion)
  • 1953H/901 TBA
      • Honors First Year Seminar

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