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Claire Eager

I’m thrilled to join the Colorado College faculty as a visitor for the 2018-2019 year.  My teaching and research are primarily in medieval and Renaissance literature (favorites include Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton; Renaissance lyric, drama, and horticultural writing; and the medieval drama and romance traditions); other keen interests include poetic forms across periods, garden and landscape history, and children’s and YA literature.  I’m excited to be teaching in each of these areas this year.

Although my career hitherto has been spent at big universities, I’ve always admired the work of small colleges (and envied friends’ and siblings’ experiences there) and am honored both to teach for and to learn from the CC community this year.  I bring to my current work in early period English literature my training in history and prior study of colonial America and postcolonial Africa, as well as interests in contemporary poetry, modernism, and the environmental humanities.  I combine a close focus on features of poetry and language with expansive attention to visual and material culture.  My current book project, Vertuall Paradise:  Vaulting Ambitions Brought to Earth in Early Modern England, investigates visions of paradise in literature from Chaucer to Milton alongside the material practices of printing books and planting gardens in the period.


    PhD, English, University of Virginia, 2017

    MA, English, University of Virginia, 2013

    MA, English Studies, Oxford Brookes University, 2008

    MPhil, Development Studies, University of Oxford, 2005

    AB cum laude, History, Harvard University, 2003