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Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences
Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802)656-1107
Specialty:Renaissance, women's, and British literature; Shakespeare; Bible as literature; 17th Century; grieving; medical humanities
Biography:Schnell was recipient of a Humanities Fellowship for the Project on Death in America (a program of the Open Society Institute) for a one-year research leave, 1999-2000. Based on this fellowship, she expects to complete a book-length memoir of grief and grieving, with publication interest from Knopf, NY. Her first book is, "Literate Experience: The Work of Knowing in Seventeenth-Century English Literature" (Palgrave/St. Martin's, 2002, co-author with Andrew Barnaby). Together with five other scholars of women's writing, she has also co-edited "Women's Worlds: The McGraw-Hill Anthology of Women's Writing" (McGraw-Hill, 2007). She has an article forthcoming on maternal elegy in early modern England; it will be published by Oxford University Press in an anthology of essays on elegy edited by Karen Weisman (forthcoming, 2008). Schnell's essays, reviews and reader's reports cover Shakespeare, Renaissance English, politics of Biblical exegesis, female culture and authorship in early modern England, child loss, narrative medicine and many other subjects. Her doctorate was awarded by Princeton University in 1990.