Associate Professor

Degrees: B.A., Georgetown University, M.Phil., Brasenose College, University of Oxford; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Expertise: Sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literatures and cultures; Irish studies; transatlantic literary studies; theories of race and nation in the early modern period; science and literature; travel literature and utopian writing; eco-criticism and the study of literature and the environment

Jean Feerick received her BA from Georgetown University in 1990 and subsequently completed the M.Phil. in English studies at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, on the Allbritton Scholarship.  She worked for two years as a production and editorial assistant at Shakespeare Quarterly at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, before returning to complete her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.  Before coming to John Carroll, she taught for a number of years at Brown University and was honored to be the William S. Vaughn visiting fellow at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University in 2005-6.

Dr. Feerick’s work focuses on 16th and 17th century English literature, especially Shakespeare, Fletcher, and Renaissance drama, and the poetry of Edmund Spenser.  Her research focuses on shifts to concepts of race and nation during the period of transatlantic resettlement, as well as early modern eco-criticism and the relationship between literature and science in the 17th century.  She is the author of Strangers in Blood:  Relocating Race in the Renaissance, published in 2010 by the University of Toronto Press, and is co-editor, with Vin Nardizzi, of The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature (Palgrave, 2012), which applies the insights of post-humanism, ecocriticism, and animal studies to early modern texts.  She is currently at work on a book called “Elemental Shakespeare,” which provides an ecocritical investigation of connections in Shakespeare’s corpus between human activities (language, cognition, desire) and the elemental material world, in an attempt to retrieve an early modern eco-sensibility that fades with the rise of Enlightenment epistemologies. Recent work has appeared in Shakespeare Studies, South Central Review, and the Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, and Race. Forthcoming work will appear in The Routledge Research Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature, Blackwell’s Handbook to English Renaissance Studies, and the Palgrave Handbook of Early Modern Literature, Science, and Culture.

Dr. Feerick teaches a range of courses on early modern literature, including courses on drama, early modern ecocriticism, and representations of colonization and globalization.   Recent offerings have included The Green Renaissance, The Stage as Globe in Renaissance Drama, Introduction to Shakespeare, and Dreamworlds:  From Plato to the Present.

Having spent most of her life in Northeast cities between DC and Boston, Dr. Feerick is delighted to be discovering the beauties of Northeast Ohio with her husband, Bill LeBlanc, and their three children:  Liam, Sean, and Brynn.