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College of Arts and Humanities

Chelsea McKelvey

Chelsea McKelvey


Department of English
Office: Strode 511

Ph.D., English, Southern Methodist University (2018); M.A., English, King's College London (2012); B.A., English, University of Georgia (2010); B.S.Ed., English Secondary Education, University of Georgia (2010)

Curriculum Vitae


ENGL 1030: Composition and Rhetoric; ENGL 2130: British Literature

Research Interests
Early Modern Literature; Shakespeare; Eighteenth-Century Literature

Dr. McKelvey is a teacher and scholar of early modern and eighteenth-century literature. Her current research projects include her book, Preacher-Poets: Sermons and Gender in Early Modern Literature, and a literary-historical project on the life of Nancy Hart, a somewhat legendary figure of the American Revolution. She teaches composition and literature courses focusing on power structures and poetry. Every day in her classroom looks different. One day students simulate the actor experience at the Globe Theater; on another day, students hold a mock trial based on Milton’s Paradise Lost. Her pedagogical focus is to have students engage with literature in a way that builds the real-life skills of critical thinking, project management, and leadership. When not researching and teaching, she enjoys hiking, camping, and being outdoors in general.


Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“John Donne’s Scientific Observation of the Soul," College Literature (2022)

“The Economics of Salvation in Early Modern Devotional Poetry,” in Religion in the Early Modern British Marketplace (2022)

“Queen Anne’s Body in Stuart Court Sermons," Ben Jonson Journal 28.2 (2021)

“Video Responses as Sustained Analyses of Literary Texts," Sixteenth Century Journal 51.51 (2020)

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

“Closet Catholicism, Private Entertainments, and Shakespeare in Seventeenth-Century Yorkshire” in Reconceptualizing Renaissance Performance: Beyond the Public Stage (forthcoming in 2022)

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