Dr. Margaret Christian

Associate Professor, English
Office Phone: 610-285-5106

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Margaret Christian is Associate Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University, teaching courses in writing and literature. A teacher at the Lehigh Valley Campus since 1989, she advises the Poetry Club and Campus Christian Fellowship.

Dr. Christian’s work on early modern English poetry and religious rhetoric involves thinking about sixteenth-century sermons and liturgy as dramatic texts. She is also interested in how people read the Bible during the early modern period—and what that reveals about how they understood allegorical poetry.

Dr. Christian’s articles have appeared in the Sixteenth Century Journal, Spenser Studies, Christianity and Literature, Studies in Philology, and Reformation. Her book Spenser’s Allegory and Elizabethan Biblical Exegesis is forthcoming from Manchester University Press as part of its Spenser series.

Dr. Christian has spoken to community groups on topics that range from Shakespearean authorship to family life, environmental footprint, devotional poetry, and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Recent Publications

Spenserian Allegory and Elizabethan Biblical Exegesis. Manchester University Press. Forthcoming Sept. 2015.

"‘given what I know about lions’: How They Read Book One at the Two-Year Campus" in "How to Read The Faerie Queene: A Forum." Spenser Review 44.3 (Winter 2015).

"Peter McCullough, Hugh Adlington, and Emma Rhatigan, eds. The Oxford Handbook of the Early Modern Sermon." Spenser Review 44.1 (Spring-Summer 2014).

“A Manuscript of the King’s Book.” Anglican Theological Review 87 (2005):  423-46. 

“Academic and Personal Connections to the Text:  The Bible as Literature.” Profession 2004:  83-94. 

“Zepheria (1594. STC 26124): A Critical Edition.” Studies in Philology 100 (2003): 177-243. 

“From Commentary to Conference.” Teacher Commentary on Student Papers: Conventions, Beliefs, and Practices. ed. Ode S. Ogede. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002. 89-94. 

“Spenser’s Theology: The Sacraments in The Faerie Queene.” Reformation 6 (2002): 103-107. 

“‘Waves of weary wretchednesse’: Florimell and the Sea.” Spenser Studies 14 (2000): 133-61. 

“‘I knowe not howe to preache’: The Role of the Preacher in Taverner’s Postils.” Sixteenth Century Journal 29.2 (1998): 377-97. 

“Preaching and Sermons: England.” Encyclopedia of the Reformation. Ed. Hans J. Hillerbrand. 4 vols. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1996. 3: 327-330. 

“Genealogy in the Age of Shakespeare.” Explorations in Renaissance Culture 20 (1994): 89-105. 

“‘Now lettest thou thy servant depart’: Scriptural Tradition and the Close of The Faerie Queene.” Christianity and Literature 42.2 (1993): 205-20. 

“Elizabeth’s Preachers and the Government of Women: Defining and Correcting a Queen.” Sixteenth Century Journal 24 (1993): 561-76. 

“‘The ground of Storie’: Genealogy in The Faerie Queene.” Spenser Studies 9 (1991): 61-79.

Co-Authored Publications

“Increasing Cultural Literacy in the Composition Classroom.” With Edwin E. Christian. Using Newsweek in the Developmental Classroom. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1992. 56-60. 

“Newsweek as a Reader: Cultural Literacy via Composition Class.” With Edwin E. Christian. interAction 1.7 (1990): 4.