Jennifer A. Munroe

Associate Professor of English


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
  • B.A., University of Wyoming

Areas of Interest:

  • Early modern gardening
  • Women's writing 
  • Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton 
  • Literary criticism 
  • Gender and Film


Gender and the Garden in Early Modern English Literature. Ashgate Press,  2007.

Making Gardens of Their Own: Gardening Manuals For Women, 1500-1750. Series III, Early Englishwomen in Print. Series editors Betty Travitsky and Anne Prescott. Ashgate Press, 2006


“It’s all about the gillyvors: Engendering Art and Nature in Shakespeare’s The Winter’sTale.” Forthcoming in Ecocritical Shakespeare. Ed. Lynne Bruckner and Daniel Brayton. Ashgate, 2010.

“’My innocent diversion of gardening’: Mary Somerset’s Plants.” Forthcoming in Renaissance Studies (2010).

(with Kirk Melnikoff) "Seasoning the Sonnet, Playing Poets: The Sonnet Slam as Extrapedagogical Event." Pedagogy. 7.2 (2007): 251-7.

"Gender, Class, and the Art of Gardening." Prose Studies. Fall 2006.

---."'In this strang labourinth how shall I turne?': Gardening, Needlework, and Writing in Mary Wroth's Pamphilia to Amphilanthus." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature. 24.1 (2005): 35-55.


Books (refereed)                                                                                                                     

(M)Others of Science: Women, Nature, and the Development of Scientific Discourse in Seventeenth-Century England. A full-length monograph that examines the gendering of early scientific discourse in seventeenth-century England. (In preparation.)

In Dialogue with Nature: New Ecofeminist Approaches to Early Modern Literature. Collection of essays about gender and plants in the early modern world (England, the continent, and transatlantic) (Co-edited with Rebecca Laroche).

Articles (refereed)                                                                                                                  

"First ‘Mother of Science’: Milton’s Eve, Knowledge, and Nature” In In Dialogue with Nature: New Ecofeminist Approaches to Early Modern Literature. (Co-edited with Rebecca Laroche).

Courses Taught:                                                                                                  

  • ENGL 6070: Early Modern Women Writers
  • ENGL 4050/4050: Sex and the Silver Screen
  • ENGL 3050: Gender and Film
  • English 3100: Approaches to Literature
  • English 3301: Survey of British Literature I
  • English 4114/5114: Milton