Heather Mitchell-Buck is an Assistant Professor of English at Hood College in Frederick, MD, where she teaches courses in early period British literature. This semester (Spring 2017), she is teaching an upper-level honors seminar called “Exploring Utopia,” a course on medieval romance, and a course that considers how and why literary classics have been rewritten to suit new audiences in the 21st century.
She received her PhD in English from Duke University in December 2009. When asked about her research, Heather’s usual answer is that she works on bad kings who speak in Middle English. To get a bit more specific, her dissertation explored the symbiotic relationship between theatre and tyranny in one of history’s most socially transgressive genres: early English vernacular drama. Her current research focuses on the changing conceptions of kingship and governance in the city of Chester and its cycle of Biblical plays in both the sixteenth century and today.
On the occasions when she finds some spare time (usually under the sofa cushions), Heather enjoys playing taiko (big Japanese drums), “studying” fans and their reading practices, drinking tea, and writing about herself in the third person. She is also a Linux user who is unashamedly addicted to her iPad.
For more info on Heather, her teaching, and her research, please visit her Hood faculty profile page.
None of us think, read, or write in the same way; each of us has been shaped by a myriad of influences.
When we struggle with difficult coursework or research, it’s easy to feel frustrated and forget why we are working so hard. An influence map is a guide for those challenging moments.
Click on my map to learn a bit more about my influences. Then go and make your own so that you can have a little inspiration at those times when you need it the most!