Dr. Deanna Smid

RijksmuseumResearch and Teaching Interests

Sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature, particularly music therapy in Shakespeare’s plays; emblem books; imagination; bees in the Renaissance; Christianity and literature; eighteenth-century literature; science fiction


Ph.D., English & Cultural Studies, McMaster University, 2010. “‘The World in Man’s Heart’: The Faculty of Imagination in Early Modern English Literature.”


Select Fellowships and Grants

 “Sound and Furry.” Brandon University Research Committee New Faculty Research Grant (January 2015-December 2016)

“Shakespeare’s Musical and Literary Therapy.” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, Government of Canada, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto (June 2011-May 2013)

Montaigne Prize, awarded for the best non-student paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (2012)

Clark Library Short-Term Fellowship, Center for 17th– and 18th-Century Studies, UCLA (2012)

Select Publications

“Star Trek and the Future of Male Friendship.” In media res: A media commons project. 4 January 2017. 400 words. http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2017/01/04/star-trek-and-future-male-friendship

“To Seek Out New Virtue: Lewis, the Tao, and the Prime Directive.” Science Fiction and the Abolition of Man: Finding C. S. Lewis in Sci-Fi Film and Television. Eds. Mark J. Boone and Kevin C. Neece. Pickwick Publications, 2016. 65-72. http://wipfandstock.com/science-fiction-and-the-abolition-of-maPICKWICK_Templaten.html

“Titillating Titus: Titus Andronicus at the Rose Playhouse.” Review of Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare (author), Jung Han Kim (dir). In the Glassy Margents (blog of The Shakespeare
11 July 2016. Web. https://glassymargents.com/2016/07/11/titillating-titus-titus-andronicus-at-the-rose-playhouse/

 “Shrew(d) Moves at Shakespeare’s Globe.” Review of The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare (author), Caroline Byrne (dir.). In the Glassy Margents (blog of The Shakespeare Newsletter) 18 July 2016. Web. https://glassymargents.com/2016/07/20/shrewd-moves-at-shakespeares-glob

Review of Emblems of Death in the Early Modern Period, eds. Monica Calabritto and Peter Daly. In The Sixteenth-Century Journal 47.3 (Fall 2016): 729-730.

Review of Gender and Song in Early Modern England, eds. Leslie C. Dunn and Katherine R. Larson. In Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 10.2 (Spring 2016): 227-230.

Review of The Shakespearean Stage Space, by Mariko Ichikawa. In The Shakespeare Newsletter 65.2, No. 296 (Spring 2016): 112-113.

“Broken Lutes and Passionate Bodies in A Woman Killed with Kindness.Renaissance and Reformation 38.2 (2015): 93-120.

““In a Streight betweene Two”: The Fraught Position of Quarles’s Devotional Emblems.” The International Emblem: From Incunabula to the Internet. Ed. Simon McKeown. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 426-437.

 “The Messiah of History: The Search for Synchronicity in Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz.” Through a Glass Darkly: Suffering, the Sacred, and the Sublime in Literature and Theory. Eds. Holly Faith Nelson, Lynn R. Szabo, and Jens Zimmerman. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2010. 243-253.

Upcoming Talks / Presentations

(forthcoming) “The Birds and the Bees in Seventeenth-Century England.” Third Age Learning Co-operative, Brandon, Manitoba. 19 May 2017.

(forthcoming) “English Emblems and the Natural World: Lessons from the Bee.” 11th International Society for Emblem Studies Conference, Nancy, France, 3-7 July 2017.

Creative Works

Protestant Playlist. Two hour play commissioned by the Celebrate1517 Committee. To be performed in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario, Fall 2017. 63 pp. http://www.canadianreformedseminary.ca/news-and-events/celebrate-1517/Celebrate-1517-Commissioned-Drama.html

Macbeth: The After Party. By Deanna Smid. Dir. George Buri. Seven Ages Theatre Company. Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon, Manitoba. 18 and 19 November 2016.


At the “talk back” following the performance on November 18, 2016.

Click on the course title for a draft reading list:

English 161: Twentieth-Century Literature
English 281: Science Fiction
English 330: Shakespeare
English 362: Restoration and 18th-Century Literature
English 381: Sixteenth-Century Literature
English 382: Seventeenth-Century Literature