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VERENA THEILE
Assistant Professor • North Dakota State University • Fargo, ND 58105 • (701) 231-7152

819 6th Street South • Fargo, ND 58103 • (509) 432-4487 • verena.theile@ndsu.edu
Professional Website & Portfolio: vtheile.wordpress.com

Education





    1. Ph.D. English, Washington State University, Pullman

    1. M.A. English Literature, Minnesota State University, Mankato

1995-1998 B.A. English Literature (Minor in History), Minnesota State University, Mankato

1994 Abitur – Gymnasium der Stadt Lennestadt, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany



Employment History

2008-present Assistant Professor, Department of English, North Dakota State University



    1. Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Gonzaga University

2006-2007 Charles Blackburn Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, WSU

Publications
Refereed Books
Verena Theile, Marie Drews, eds. Reclaiming Home, Remembering Motherhood, Rewriting History: African American and Afro-Caribbean Women’s Literature in the Twentieth Century. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Jun. 2009. (ca. 122,000 words)
Verena Theile, Andrew McCarthy, eds. Staging the Superstitions of Early Modern Europe (with a Foreword by Darren Oldridge). Burlington, US: Ashgate Publishing, Feb. 2013. (ca. 125,000 words)
Verena Theile, Linda Tredennick, eds. New Formalisms and Literary Theory (with a Foreword by Heather Dubrow). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, Apr. 2013. (ca. 120,000 words)
Refereed Introductions
Verena Theile, Marie Drews. “Being Human in the World.” In Reclaiming Home, Remembering Motherhood, Rewriting History. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. pp. vii-xxi. (ca. 5,600 words)
Verena Theile, Andrew McCarthy “Superstitions, History, Literature, and the Creative Imagination.” In Staging the Superstitions of Early Modern Europe. Burlington, US: Ashgate Publishing, Feb. 2013. pp. 1-20. (ca. 7,600 words)
Verena Theile. “New Formalism(s): A Prologue.” In New Formalisms and Literary Theory. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, May 2013. pp. 3-28. (ca. 10,000 words)
Refereed Book Chapters
Verena Theile. “Early Modern Engagements with Fear, Witchcraft, the Devil, and that Damned Dr. Faustus.” In Staging the Superstitions of Early Modern Europe (Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama). Eds. Verena Theile and Andrew McCarthy. Burlington, US: Ashgate Publishing, Feb. 2013. pp. 59-84. (ca. 10,000 words)
Verena Theile. “Demonising Macbeth.” In Magic and the Occult on the Early Modern Stage (Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama). Eds. Lisa Hopkins and Helen Ostovich. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming 2014. (ca. 7,500 words); contract in hand.
Refereed Translations
MA Katritzky, Verena Theile, trans. “Felix Platter: the 1598 Wedding of Johann Georg,
Count of Hohenzollern, and Franziska, Countess of Salm.” In MA Katritzky’s Healing and Performance in the Writings of three Early Modern Physicians: The Brothers Felix and Thomas Platter and Hippolytus Guarinonius. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. 283-302. (ca. 7,600 words)
MA Katritzky, Verena Theile, trans. “Thomas Platter in Avignon: Jewish Life and
a Performing Quack Troupe in 1598.” In MA Katritzky’s Healing and Performance. 303-316. (ca. 5,200 words)
MA Katritzky, Verena Theile, trans. “Hippolytus Guarinonius’s Grewel:
35 Commedia dell’Arte Lazzi.” In MA Katritzky’s Healing and Performance. 317-338. (ca. 8,400 words)
Teaching Resource

Verena Theile. “Course Guide for English 467: Shakespeare.” Distance Degree Programs. Moscow, ID: Independent Study in Idaho, 2008. 118pp. (ca. 47,370 words)



Publication Projects In-Progress
Book

Verena Theile. Performing Witchcraft on the Early Modern Stage: Marlowe, Greene, and Shakespeare (Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama). Burlington, US: Ashgate Publishing, 2014. (ca. 125,000 words); revise/resubmit from external review


Book Chapter

Darren Zufelt, Verena Theile. "Film Adaptation and Remediation: Shakespeare as New Media." (with Darren Zufelt) Questions of Value in Adaptation: A Transdisciplinary Approach. Ed. Lawrence Raw. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2014. (ca. 7,000 words); invited; due Nov. 2013.


Encyclopedia Entries (invited)

The Literary Encyclopedia: http://litencyc.com/

Entries for 3 early modern witchcraft plays, (ca. 1,500 words each); due March 2014

    • Thomas Middleton’s The Witch

    • Robert Greene’s Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay

    • Thomas Heywood, Richard Brome's The Late Lancashire Witches


Book Review (invited)

CLS: Comparative Literature Studies, The Pennsylvania University Press

(ca.1,500 words); contract in hand; due Feb. 15, 2014



  • Rev. of Aguecheek's Beef, Belch's Hiccup, and Other Gastronomic Interjections: Literature, Culture, and Food among the Early Moderns, by Robert Appelbaum (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2006).


Journal Article

Verena Theile. “Cursing Shakespeare, Loving Language: Practical New Formalisms,” for Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (ca. 7,000 words); submission projected for Dec. 2013



Manuscript/Proposal/Book Reviewer

2013-present Proposal & Manuscript Reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK

2013-present Book Reviewer for CLS (Comparative Literature Studies), Penn State UP

2012-present Manuscript Reviewer for PMLA, Modern Language Association of America

2011-present Manuscript Reviewer for Magic, Witchcraft, Ritual, Johns Hopkins UP



2010-present Manuscript Reviewer for Rocky Mountain Modern Language Review


Professional Talks, Presentations, & Seminars



Invited Guest Speaker
“Something Wicked this Way Comes: Fear and Superstitions on Shakespeare’s Stage,” at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, October 2013
“Enter, the Discourse of Demonology OR Why Greene, the Pampleteer, Became a Playwright” as part of the University of North Dakota’s Arts & Sciences Speaker series, April 2010
Panel Presenter/Seminar Participant
“Demonizing Macbeth: ‘By the pricking of my thumbs, / Something wicked this way comes,’” as part of Magic and the Occult in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries at Ninth World Shakespeare Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2011
“Lear’s Language of Witchcraft” as part of The Ungodly in Shakespeare’s England at Shakespeare Association of America, Bellevue, WA, April 2011
“From the Pamphlet to the Playhouse: The Supernatural on the Early Modern Stage” as part of The Effect of Translation on Beliefs in and Perceptions of the Supernatural (The Supernatural in Early Modern Europe VI, organized by Kathryn Edwards) at Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, May 2009
Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay and the Queen’s Men” as part of Seminar on The Queen’s Men (Organizer: Helen Ostovich) at Shakespeare Association of America, Washington DC, April 2009
Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay: Enter the Discourse of Demonology” at Rocky Mountain MLA in Tucson, Oct. 2006
“Lear’s Witches and Edgar’s Demons: When Superstition met Skepticism in Shakespeare’s England” at RMMLA in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Oct. 2005
“Comus’s Bare Magic Wand and the Magical Problem-solving Capabilities of Free Will in Milton’s Comus: A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634,” at Inscriptions ’05: Eighth International Literature & Humanities Conference in Famagusta, Cyprus, May 2005
Seminar on Medieval and Early Modern Magic at the Newberry Library in Chicago (Organizers: Richard Kieckhefer and Michael Bailey), AY 2004-5
“Miracles, Marvels, Misperceptions: Magic in Chaucer’s Miller’s, Franklin’s and Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale” at The Natural & the Unnatural: On & Beyond Nature in the Middle Ages at Princeton University, Mar. 2004
“The Wilderness Within: Toni Morrison’s Trilogy as an Exploration of the Wild in Women” at RMMLA in Missoula, Oct. 2003 (received nomination for best graduate conference paper)
Moderator/Organizer
Moderator: “Public Ritual and its Complexities” (Organizer: Kathryn Edwards) at Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference, Geneva, May 2009
Moderator: “Weaving Realities: Life, Death, War and Magic” (Organizer: Carol Pearson) at Red River Conference on World Literature, Fargo, April 2009
Moderator: “Nil sine magno vita labore debit mortalibus” (Organzier: Carlos Hawley) at Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM) in Fargo, North Dakota, Sept. 2008
Panel Organizer: “Early Modern Witchcraft on Trial” and “Undergraduates Unplugged: Literature Matters” at Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) in Calgary, Canada, Oct. 2007

Research Symposium Organizer and Moderator: “Honors Presentations on God, Satan, Temptation, Human Suffering, and Free Will,” on behalf of the Honors College and the Department of English at WSU, October 2006


Panel Organizer and Moderator: “African American Women Writer: Memory and Identity” at RMMLA in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Oct. 2005
Panel Organizer and Moderator: “Magicians, Jugglers, Swindlers: Representations of Magic, Natural Philosophy, and the Occult in Renaissance Literature" at Midwestern Modern Language Association (MMLA) in St. Louis, Nov. 2004

Courses Taught



Literature @ North Dakota SU, Gonzaga U, and Washington SU

Teaching Literature, Grad seminar (literature elective for graduate students)

Shakespeare in Context/Theory, Grad seminar (elective for majors and graduate students)

Shakespearean Adaptations, Grad course/senior topic seminar (elective for majors and graduate students)

Shakespeare on Stage/Screen, Grad course/senior topic seminar (elective for majors and graduate students)

Literature of the Sixteenth-Century, Grad course/senior topic seminar (elective for majors and graduate students)

Topics in British Literature, Grad course/senior topic seminar (elective for majors and graduate students)

Modern Theories of Literature and Criticism, senior topic seminar/survey course (elective for majors & minors)

European Literature in Translation, senior topic seminar/survey course (elective for majors & minors)

The Bible as Literature, junior survey course (elective for major & non-majors)

Shakespeare, junior survey course (elective, English majors & non-majors; requirement for English Ed and Theatre majors)

Shakespeare: After 1600, junior survey course (elective, English majors & non-majors)

Shakespeare Before 1600, junior survey course (elective, English majors & non-majors)

Readings in British Literature, junior survey course (requirement for majors)

Literary Analysis, sophomore introduction to contemporary theory and criticism (requirement for English and English Ed majors)

World Literature: Masterpieces, sophomore survey course (elective, English majors & non-majors)

British Literature I, sophomore survey course of early British literature (requirement for majors)
Introduction to the Humanities in the Ancient World, first-year survey course (general education requirement)

Introduction to Film Studies, first-year and sophomore survey course (general education elective)

Introduction to Literature for Honors Students, first-year topic seminar/survey course (gen. ed. requirement)

Introduction to Literature, first-year survey course (general education requirement)



Rhetoric/Composition
@ North Dakota SU, Washington SU, and Minnesota SU

Editing & Publishing, Grad seminar (rhet/comp elective for graduate students)

Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences, junior and senior writing-in-the-major exit requirement

Technical/Professional Writing for ESL Students, senior writing-in-the-major exit requirement for ESL/EFL students

Technical/Professional Writing, senior writing-in-the-major exit requirement


Portfolio Revision Workshop, junior and senior language proficiency and exit requirement

First-Year Composition (general education requirement)



Honors & Awards



Grants

Library Endowment Grant in support of library resources for new course “Editing & Publishing” and launch of AMISC: Approaches and Methodologies for the Interdisciplinary Study of Culture, a peer-reviewed, open-access e-Journal, Alumni Foundation, North Dakota State University, Spring 2013 ($1,350)


Teaching Awards

Vogel Teaching Award, Department of English, North Dakota State University, Spring 2010 ($500)

TA Distinguished Teaching Award, Department of English, Washington State University Spring 2006 ($500)
Research Awards

Charles Blackburn Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Department of English, Washington State University, AY 2006-07 ($30,000)

Doctoral Fellowship from the Dr. Günther Findel-Stiftung-Stiftung, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, Summer 2005 (€ 1,500/month for 3 months)
Travel Awards

Advance FORWARD travel awards for NDSU women faculty, to meet with mentor abroad to undertake research and build long-term professional relationships, Spring 2011 ($1,500)

Advance FORWARD travel awards for NDSU women faculty, to meet with mentor abroad to undertake research and build long-term professional relationships, Spring 2009 ($1,500)

Travel Award, Office of the President, NDSU, in support of Shakespeare Association of America in Washington DC, Spring 2009 ($1,000)

Travel Grant, Graduate School, WSU, in support of “Inscriptions ’05,” Cyprus, Summer 2005 ($500)

Travel Grant, Princeton University, in support of “The Natural & the Unnatural: On & Beyond Nature in the Middle Ages,” Princeton University, Spring 2004 ($250)


Student Awards

Incentive Award, English Department, Washington State University, AY 2001-2 ($500)

International Understanding Award, International Student Office, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1998-2000 ($250)

Academic Excellence Award, International Student Office, Minnesota State University, 1995-2000 (In-state tuition waiver)

Member of the Golden Key National Honor Society since 1998

Member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi since 1998




Professional Development



Teaching

Faculty Reviewer for WooMi Phillips, Assistant Professor, Department of Apparel, Design & Hospitality Management, NDSU Peer Review of Teaching Initiative (Spring 2013)

Faculty Reviewer for Tatjana Miljkovic, Lecturer, Department of Statistics, NDSU Peer Review of Teaching Initiative (Spring 2009)

Graduate Student Professional Development, Workshop Organizer/Presenter (2008-present)



  • GRE, test taking skills, and the timed exam (organizer)

  • Ph.D. programs and the personal statement (organizer and presenter)

  • MLA Job Search and letters of application (presenter)

Conference Organizer and Faculty Mentor, UNDERGRADUATES INC. (2013-present)

  • First annual meeting: April 5 and 6 on NDSU campus

  • Interdisciplinary project (with NDSU History) to support undergraduates research and prepare majors (English/History) for graduate school

  • Collaboration between NDSU, Iowa SU, and St. Mary’s U of MN

Course Developer, Distance Degree Program, Independent Study in Idaho (2007)

  • English 467: Shakespeare (senior seminar offered through Idaho State University, Pocatello)


Research

Visiting Researcher at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Germany (Summer 2011)



  • In support of Staging the Superstitions of Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, 2013)

Translation Assistant to MA Katritzky, Oxford, UK (2007-2011)

  • Source translations from Early Modern High German (EMHG) to English

  • Travel accounts & diaries by Hippolytus Guarinonius and Felix and Thomas II Platter

  • Sponsored through a grant by Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK, and NDSU’s Advance FORWARD program for Women Faculty

Research Fellow (Stipendiat) at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Germany (Summer 2005)

  • Research in support of dissertation project: “The Occult in Early Modern Europe”

  • 3-months fellowship in residence

Research Assistant to William M. Hamlin, English Department, WSU, Pullman (AY 2004-5)

  • In support of Hamlin’s Tragedy & Scepticism in Shakespeare’s England (Palgrave, 2005)

  • Assisted in final editing of proofs and assembling of index as well as in revising, editing, and reducing the length of the book manuscript

German Language Instructor, Riverbend Academy, Mankato, MN (Spring 2001)

  • Conversational German for Beginners, grades 5 through 12



Committee Service
University

Ad-hoc SROI Transition Committee, North Dakota State University (2013-present)

Ad-hoc Policy 332 Committee, North Dakota State University (2012-present)
College

Member of UNITE African Diaspora Heritage Studies Committee, NDSU (2013-present)

Member of College Curriculum Committee, NDSU (2013-present)

Member of Red River Conference on World Literature Organizing Committee, NDSU (2008-12)

Member of Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference Organizing Committee (Fall 2008)
Department

Member of Undergraduate Curriculum & Assessment Committee, NDSU (2013-present)

Member of Early American Search Committee, North Dakota State University (Summer 2013)

Member of the Medieval Search Committee, North Dakota State University (2012-13)

Member of the Scholarship Committee, North Dakota State University (2011-12)

Chair, Curriculum Committee, North Dakota State University (2009-10)

Member of Graduate Committee, North Dakota State University (2008-10)

Member of the Scholarship Committee, North Dakota State University (2009)

Member of Upper-Division-Writing Committee, North Dakota State University (2008-09)

Co-chair of Ad-hoc Graduate Student Professional Development Committee, NDSU (2008-09)

Member of Scholarship & Awards Committee, Washington State University (2006-07)

Literature at Large Representative, English Graduate Organization, WSU (2005-06)

Member of ESL Committee, Department of English, Washington State University (2004-06)

First-Year Composition Placement Reader, Writing Programs, WSU (2003-07)

Junior Portfolio Reader, Writing Programs, Washington State University (2003-07)

Student Advising
Undergraduate
McNair Scholar Advisor (TRIO Programs)


  • BA Jordan Engelke, “Literature Pedagogies,” NDSU (2013-present)

    • Expected graduation: Fall 2014

  • BA Kristen Waldock, “Translating Literature,” NDSU (Fall 2013)

    • Expected graduation: Fall 2013

  • BA Samantha Laine, “Research in the Humanities,” NDSU (2010-11)

    • Completed MA program in Journalism at Northeastern University

    • Free-lance writer for the Boston Globe

  • BA Owen Romo, “Witchcraft in the Early Modern Era,” NDSU (2009-2010)

English Major, Capstone Project Director



  • BA Caitlin Fox, Fall 2008

  • BA Samantha Schultz, Fall 2009

  • BA Owen Romo, Fall 2009

  • BA Gina Kruschek, Fall 2011

  • BA Jesse Wagner, Fall 2012

  • BA Erica Rapp, Fall 2012

  • BA Kristen Waldock, Fall 2013

Independent Study Supervisor



  • BA Owen Romo, “Early Modern Witchcraft,” Fall 2009

  • BA Jordan Engelke, “Literature Pedagogies,” Fall 2013

Honors Thesis Committee Member



  • BA Sara Hilliard, “Shakespeare’s Othello: Biographical Parallels with the 17th Earl of Oxford” (Advisor: Michael Delahoyde, Department of English, WSU) Spring 2007

  • BA Albert J. Hsu, “Effect of Temperament in Infancy on Sleeping/Feeding Behaviors in Toddlerhood” (Advisor: Marsha Gartstein, Dept. of Psychology, WSU) Spring 2007


Graduate
Disquisition Supervisor

  • MA Sarah Rude, Thesis Project: “Providing for Duncan: Representing Hospitality and National Identity in Shakespeare’s Macbeth”

    • Graduated Summer 2011

    • Currently enrolled in PhD Program in Medieval Studies at Baylor University

  • MA Kristina Caton, Thesis Project: “’You look but on a stool’: Early Modern Perceptions of the Joint Stool as Familiar”

    • Graduated Spring 2009

    • Currently adjunct faculty at NDSU

    • Published 2 of her 3 thesis chapters in peer-reviewed publications

  • Darren Zufelt, PhD student, Dissertation Project:Film Adaptation/New Media: Decoding Creativity, Composition, Culture”

    • Expected date for Comprehensive Exam: Summer 2014

    • Expected graduation: Spring 2015

  • Emily Bartz, MA student, Thesis Project: “Medieval Feminism and the Anglo-Saxon Judith”

    • Expected graduation: Spring 2014

  • Vitoria Fossum, MA student, Thesis Project: “The Philosopher's Stone: Alchemy and Immortality in Harry Potter

    • Expected graduation: Summer 2014



Member of Graduate Disquisition Committee in English

  • Carissa Wolf, MA English, Rhetoric/Composition (2009)

  • Kurt Russow, MA English, Literature (2010)

  • Rebecca Oster, MA English, Literature (2010)

  • Gretchen Junglas, MA English, Literature (2011)

  • David Lemke, MA English, Literature (2013)

  • Gary Zaugg, PhD Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture (2011-present)

  • Anne Marie Stewart, MA English, Literature (2012-present)

  • Holly Hagen, MA English, Literature (2012-present)

  • Davin Wait, MA English, Literature (2012-present)

  • Massimo Verzella, PhD Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture (2014-present)

External Reader for Graduate Disquisition Committees



  • Derek Ystebo (MA History), Fall 2011

  • Jared Fougner (MA Communication), Fall 2012

  • Cheryl Williams (MA Communication), Spring 2013

  • Charles Lietart (MA Educational Leadership), Summer 2013

  • Trevor Saylor (MA History), expected graduation Spring 2014

Graduate Field Experience Supervisor



  • Darren Zufelt, PhD in Rhetoric, Writing & Culture: “Editing & Publishing: Journal Web Design”

  • Jessica Piek, MA in Rhetoric/Composition: “Pedagogies: Course Design Hybrid Class”

  • Marie Dillon, MA in Rhetoric/Composition: “Wordpress: Portfolio Web Design”


Professional Memberships

International Shakespeare Association

Shakespeare Association of America

Sixteenth Century Society

Renaissance Society of America

Modern Language Association



Societas Magica

Academic Referees
Dr. Harry Berger Jr.

Professor Emeritus of English and Art History

University of California-Santa Cruz

208 Dickens Way

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

hberger@ucsc.edu


Dr. Heather Dubrow

Professor of English and Rev. John Boyd, S.J. Chair
Director, Reading Series, Poets Out Loud
Fordham University

Rose Hill Campus Bronx, NY 10458.

hdubrow@fordham.edu
Dr. Gary Totten

Professor and Chair of English

North Dakota State University

NDSU Dept. 2320, PO Box 6050

Fargo, ND 58108-6050

gary.totten@ndsu.edu


Dr. Elizabeth Birmingham
Associate Professor of English
Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and the Social Sciences

North Dakota State University

NDSU Dept. 2320, PO Box 6050

Fargo, ND 58108-6050



elizabeth.birmingham@ndsu.edu





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