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


Sheila T. Cavanagh is Professor of English and Director of the World Shakespeare Project and The Emory Women Writers Resource Project. Author of Wanton Eyes and Chaste Desires: Female Sexuality in The Faerie Queene and Cherished Torment: The Emotional Geography of Lady Mary Wroth’s Urania, she has written many articles on early modern literature and pedagogy, among other topics. She served as the Global Shakespeare Centre/Fulbright Distinguished Chair, as Director of Emory’s Year of Shakespeare and is currently on the Board of the Society of Woman Geographers. She received her PhD at Brown University and did graduate work at Trinity College, Dublin and Georgetown University. She recently completed an MA in Public History at Georgia State University, which was preceded by an MST in College Teaching at the University of New Hampshire.


  • 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.