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Christine Hoffmann

Christine Hoffmann

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Arkansas

Office: 329 Colson Hall
Tel: (304) 293-9736
Fax: (304) 293-5380


Professor Hoffmann specializes in early modern English Literature and the rhetoric and ethics of social media. Drawing comparisons between the Renaissance period and the twenty-first century has allowed her to write and publish essays that put together Milton and memes; queerness and copia; Spenserian allegory and humble-bragging; Shakespearean comedy and negative campaigning; early modern melancholy and 21st-century public shaming. She is at work on a book that examines copia as a posthumanist project.


  • “Folly 2012! The Campaign for Foolishness in 21st-Century Politics.” Forthcoming in PMLA 130.2.
  • “Past the Endurance of a Block’: Much Ado About Planking.” Forthcoming in Object Oriented Environs. Punctum books, 2015.
  • “Middling Through Somehow: Queer Temporality and the Disaster Meme.” Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge 26 (2014).
  • “Cheaters, Saints, and Simultaneous Narrative: Early- and Postmodern Lessons from Thomas More’s The History of Richard III.” College Literature 40.1 (2013): 96-120.
  • “Teaching, Speaking, Living the Rhetoric of Struggle: Elizabeth Cary’s School of Wisdom.” CEA Critic 74.2 (2012): 39-59.
  • “Biting More than ‘We’ can Chew: the Royal Appetite in Richard II and 1 & 2 Henry IV.” Papers on Language and Literature 45.4 (2009): 358-385.
  • “Happiness is a Warm Scythe: the Evolution of Villainy and Weaponry in the Buffyverse.” Slayage: the Online International Journal of Buffy Studies 27 (2009).

In Progress:

  • Book: Making Use of Nothing and other Strategies for a Stupid Humanism
  • Fiction:
    What We Go For, Loose Change magazine, issue 3.2, June 2013.
    Republished in issue 4.1, The Best of Loose Change, March 2014.
    Mock Epic, Eclectica magazine, issue 17.1, January/February 2013.
    Dwelling, Make magazine, issue 1, Spring 2005.
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