Vanessa CorrederaTitle: Assistant Professor
Office Location: Nethery Hall 120
Phone: (269) 471-3073
BA: Andrews University
Ph.D.: Northwestern University
“O this learning, what a thing it is!”—Taming of the Shrew
When I was an undergraduate student, the Department of English at Andrews always felt like a home away from home. I knew I could count on kind, generous professors, good food and conversation at the common table, and warm camaraderie. Though many things have changed since I graduated, the department still fosters intellectual, social, and spiritual fellowship, and I am thrilled and blessed to continue to be a part of it in a professional capacity.
I completed my B.A. in English with a minor in history at Andrews (2006) and then jumped straight into the Ph.D. program at Northwestern University, which I completed in the fall of 2012. There, I specialized in early modern literature while developing broader research and teaching interests in the body’s role in the construction of identity, especially racial, ethnic, and gendered identity. My dissertation, The Early Modern Face: Physiognomy On and Off the English Stage, recovers Renaissance beliefs and debates about the practice of physiognomy, specifically concerning what the face could expose in regards to a person’s emotions, thoughts, and character. I argue that competing approaches toward facial signification both shaped and destabilized the negotiation of social interactions and hierarchies, a tension taken up with particular interest and complexity by the era’s drama. The ideas I explore in my dissertation and other scholarship inform and enhance my various courses, from Much Ado About English to New Global Literature. In turn, thoughtful, engaging conversations with my students shape and refine my scholarly inquiry.
In my free time, I enjoy singing, reading, entertaining, cooking, watching television and movies, and taking long nature walks with friends and my dog Harvey. These hobbies are infinitely more enjoyable with my husband Gabriel Montes, also an Andrews alum, who works as an accountant for a public accounting firm in South Bend.
Current Research or Professional Activities
Forthcoming: “Complex Complexions: Racialization in Lust’s Dominion” for Shakespeare and the Power of the Face, Editor: James Knapp (Loyola University), (to be published by Ashgate).
Essay in Progress: “Faces and Figures of Fortune: Astrological Physiognomy and Tamburlaine Part 1.”
Recent and Upcoming Conference Presentations:
“Physiognomy, Art, and Artifice in The Rape of Lucrece and The Devil’s Law-Case,” Midwest Modern Language Association, Milwaukee, November 2013.
“Far More Black than Black: Racial Stereotypes in Tim Blake Nelson’s O,” Adventist English Association, Berrien Springs, June 2013.
“The Face of Knowledge: Shakespeare and Physiognomy,” Shakespeare Association of America, Toronto, April 2013.