Department Chair:
Anuradha Needham

Administrative Assistant:
Sue Elkevizth

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8570
Fax: (440) 775-8684

Rice Hall 130
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Angela Heetderks

Angela Heetderks

Visiting Assistant Professor of English (2014-15)

Contact Information


Rice Hall 26
(440) 775-8575

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 teach medieval and Renaissance English-language literature. In much of my teaching and research, I examine how this literature explores disability and ability as forms of bodily and cognitive variation. I recently taught a first-year seminar called "Disability in Literature" and will soon teach an upper-level course, "Madmen, Marvels, and the Monstrous: Disability and Difference in Medieval and Renaissance Literature." This year, I’m also excited about teaching "Chaucer," "Robin Hood Across the Ages," "Unruly Bodies in Late Medieval Literature," and "Gender in Medieval and Renaissance England."

I am at work on a book manuscript that examines representations of fools, folly, and cognitive disability in medieval and Renaissance English literature. A second project, which draws on my background as an undergraduate musicology major, considers intersections of poetic and music theory in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature.

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