Medieval English literature, Shakespeare, Literature and Religion, Poetry
Middle English Literature, Critical Theory, Lyric Poetry
…Valerie is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled “Size Matters: The Erotics of Stature in Early Modern English Literature and Culture.” This project argues that literary depictions of physical size are central to understanding early modern erotics, especially in relation to gender, social status, and age. Size, frequently represented as fluid and performable, functions as a category that both male and female figures manipulate in order to meet various sexual, social, and artistic ends. In particular, size provides a productive lens through which to investigate the queer erotics of relations between larger women and smaller men….
Valerie Billing is Assistant Professor of English at Central College, where she teaches courses in Shakespeare, medieval and early modern English literature, world literature, LGBTQ+ literature, and disability literature. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Early Modern English Literature from the University of California, Davis. Valerie’s current research project investigates the erotics of size in a range of early modern drama, poetry, prose, and visual art.
Middle English Literature; Chaucer; medieval romance; manuscript culture
Creative Writing, Poetry, Fiction, Modern Literature, American Literature, English Literature, Celtic Literature, International Literatures, Liberal Arts
Teaching subjects: English literature, Arabic literature in translation, World literature in translation, Creative writing, Cultural Studies, Education. Research subjects: Gibali (Jebbali/ Sheri) culture, Dhofari and Omani history and culture, Intercultural Communication, English Literature, Travel Writing, Pedagogy, Anthropology
PhD Candidate in English Literature at Columbia University. Interested in pedagogy, prison teaching, Renaissance literature, and bibliography!
Spanish literature, Asturian literature, immigrant studies, emigrant studies English ;literature, French literature. poetry, writing, science and literature
Literature and the history of emotion
Middle English literature
Cognitive approaches to literature
early modern English literature, eighteenth-century English literature, drama, theater, print culture, history of science, economic history, public spheres, digital humanities, databases, text analysis, visualization, media archaeology, writing across the curriculum