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Jeffrey Pence

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Angela Heetderks

Angela Heetderks

Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Affiliate Scholar (2015-16)

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King Building 223C
Angela Heetderks

Angela Heetderks

Educational Background

  • B.A., Wheaton College (Ill.), 2006
  • B.M., Wheaton College (Ill.), 2006
  • M.A., University of Michigan, 2010
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2014

I believe in reading omnivorously, and I teach a wide array of literary texts. I specialize in medieval and Renaissance English literature. In much of my teaching and research, I examine how literature explores disability and ability as forms of bodily and cognitive variation. This year, I'm excited about a new intellectual venture: teaching "Fictions of Total War," in which my students and I will think about the relationship between Homer and zombies by considering how fiction portrays warfare and human responses to civilizational collapse.

My book project, Fools' Play: Performing Cognitive Disability in Premodern English Literature, argues that literary representations of fooling are key to understanding premodern English thinking about cognitive difference. My second project, Knowledge and the Five Senses in English Literature, c. 1224–1674, considers the role of the "five wits," or five senses, in medieval and Renaissance literature.

I am also an exceedingly bad (but enthusiastic) swimmer and a public-radio addict.

Courses taught at Oberlin:

Fictions of Total War: The Siege of Troy to The Walking Dead (FYSP 036, Fall 2015)
Madmen, Monsters, and Marvels (ENGL 303, Spring 2015)
Gender in Medieval and Renaissance England (ENGL 205, Spring 2015)
Chaucer (ENGL 301, Fall 2014)
Unruly Bodies in Late Medieval Literature (ENGL 201, Fall 2014)
Robin Hood Across the Ages (FYSP 048, Fall 2014)
Disability in Literature (FYSP 047, Fall 2013)