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.”


Upcoming Talks / Presentations

(forthcoming) Organizer, Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature. Brandon University, 26-28 April 2018.

Upcoming Plays

Reformation Playlist

A series of five inter-connected plays that can be performed singly or as a group. The plays focus on aspects of the Protestant Reformation, particularly in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s public display of the 95 theses. The plays are open access, and can be performed by anyone. If you have questions, please contact me.

Click on the course title for more information or a draft reading list:

English 161: Twentieth-Century Literature
English 281: Science Fiction
English 339: Shakespeare I
English 360: Age of Beheadings
English 362: Restoration and 18th-Century Literature