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Sheila T. CavanaghProfessorDirector, Emory Women Writers Resource ProjectEditor, The Spenser Review


Sheila T. Cavanagh is the author of Cherished Torment: The Emotional Geography of Lady Mary Wroth's Urania (Duquesne, 2001) andWanton Eyes and Chaste Desires: Female Sexuality in The Faerie Queene (Indiana, 1994) and numerous articles on Renaissance literature and pedagogy. She is the Director of the Emory Women Writers Resource Project, which was awarded a major grant from the NEH.

Cavanagh received her Ph.D. from Brown University and is currently completing a Master of Science in College Teaching at the University of New Hampshire. She is also Editor of The Spenser Review.


  • Ph.D., Brown University

Selected Publications

  • 2001. Cherished Torment: The Emotional Geography of Lady Mary Wroth's Urania, Duquesne University Press
  • 2006. "Romancing the Epic: Lady Mary Wroth's Urania and Literary Traditions," Approaches to Anglo-American Female Epic, 1621-1982, edited by Bernard Schweizer, Ashgate Press.
  • 2005. "Tales of A Handkerchief: Verdi, Vogel, Cinthio, and Shakespeare Present Desdemona," MLA Approaches to Teaching Othello, edited by Peter Erickson and Maurice Hunt.
  • 2005. "The Politics of Private Discourse: Familial Relations in Lady Mary Wroth's Urania," Thicker than Water: Sisters and Brothers in the Early Modern World, edited by Naomi Miller and Naomi Yavneh, Ashgate Press.