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Christine Hoffmann

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Hoffmann specializes in early modern English Literature and the rhetoric and ethics of social media. She is the author of Stupid Humanism: Folly as Competence in Early Modern and Twenty-First-Century Culture. Her essays have appeared in edited collections and in such journals as PMLA, SubStance, College Literature and Rhizomes. Drawing comparisons between the Renaissance period and the twenty-first century has allowed her to write and publish work that puts together Milton and memes; sonnets and spam; Spenser and gifs; Shakespearean comedy and negative campaigning; early modern melancholy and 21st-century public shaming. She is currently researching Working the Room, a formalist analysis of the escape room, the smart room, the green room, and the banishment room, along with their precedents in the early modern era. 


Early Modern British Literature

Ecocriticism & Environmental writing

Selected Publications:

  • Stupid Humanism: Folly as Competence in Early Modern and Twenty-First-Century Culture.

  • “A Bird of My Tongue, A Beast of Yours: Much Ado’s Anxious Transformations.” Forthcoming in New Directions in Much Ado About Nothing, William Rampone & Nicholas Utzig, eds. Lexington Books, 2024.

  • “Early Modern Special Snowflakes.” Wait Five Minutes: Weatherlore in the Twenty-First Century, Shelley Ingram and Willow Mullins, editors, UP of Mississippi, 2023.

  • “Shakespeare’s Spam Poethics.” SubStance, Volume 50, Number 1, 2021 (Issue 154), pp. 140-161.

  • “Folly 2012! The Campaign for Foolishness in 21st-Century Politics.” PMLA 130.2 (2015): 299-314.

  • “Past the Endurance of a Block’: Much Ado About Planking.” 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.

  • "Go Make Yourself Un-Useful." TECHStyle. 27 February 2013.

  • “Teaching, Speaking, Living the Rhetoric of Struggle: Elizabeth Cary’s School of Wisdom.” CEA Critic 74.2 (2012): 39-59.

  • "Who’s Chasing Whom? Utility, Metamorphosis & the Humanities." TECHStyle. 5 November 2012.

  • "The Rhetoric of Occupy Wall Street." TECHStyle. 26 November 2011.

  • “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).