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Mitchell, Dianne

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research overview

  • Dianne Mitchell's work explores the intersections of lyric form and the material world of early modern English texts. She is writing a book about the surprising forms of intimacy afforded at the intersections of materiality and lyric form. Her articles and essays have appeared in Modern Philology, English Literary Renaissance, The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Studies in Philology, Renaissance Studies, and elsewhere.


  • British literature, history of the material text, lyric, gender and sexuality studies


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courses taught

  • ENGL 1700 - Introduction to Shakespeare
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    This course introduces several of William Shakespeare�s plays, including comedies, tragedies, and histories. Students will become familiar with Shakespeare�s dramatic language, often by reading aloud, acting short scenes, or offering creative responses. We will also explore how filmmakers have adapted Shakespeare�s dramas for the screen. No previous experience with Shakespeare is expected: all students at CU are welcome!
  • ENGL 2102 - Literary Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Provides a basic skills course designed to equip students to handle the English major. Emphasizes critical writing and the acquisition of basic techniques and vocabulary of literary criticism through close attention to poetry and prose.
  • ENGL 3000 - Shakespeare for Nonmajors
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduction to Shakespeare. Introduces students to 6-10 of Shakespeare's major plays. Comedies, histories, and tragedies will be studied. Some non-dramatic poetry may be included. Viewing of Shakespeare in performance is often required.
  • ENGL 3217 - Topics in Gender and Sexuality
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    This course will focus on a particular issue related to questions of gender, sexuality, identity and culture. Students will explore how literature represents and constructs ideas about gender identity and sexual orientation. Topics vary each semester. Check department description for details. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours for different topics.
  • ENGL 3523 - The Early English Renaissance
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Surveys prose, poetry and drama of the Tudor era, from Skelton and More through Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Formerly ENGL 4523.
  • ENGL 3533 - The Later English Renaissance
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Surveys prose, poetry and drama of the seventeenth century, from Donne, Jonson and Bacon through Milton and his contemporaries. Formerly ENGL 4533.
  • ENGL 3563 - Shakespeare
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    Shakespeare's poetry and drama.
  • ENGL 3583 - Milton
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Milton's poetry and selected prose.
  • ENGL 3930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Provides academically supervised opportunity for upper-division students to work in public or private organizations on projects related to students' career goals and to relate classroom theory to practice. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: 3.0 GPA and faculty supervision.
  • ENGL 4830 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2024
    Students accepted to English Departmental Honors are enrolled in this course.
  • ENGL 5029 - British Literature and Culture Before 1800
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2024
    Introduces graduate level study of medieval and early modern writing through the long eighteenth century. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, historical background, and secondary criticism. Cultivates research skills necessary for advanced graduate study. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.


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