Tiffany Jo Werth (Ph.D. Columbia University) is Associate Professor of English at Simon Fraser University. Her work on the contentious relationship of romance to the long English Reformation has appeared in article form in the Shakespearean International Yearbook and English Literary Renaissance and as The Fabulous Dark Cloister: Romance in England after the Reformation (Johns Hopkins University Press). Her current book project, entitled The English Lithic Imagination from More to Milton challenges an entrenched scholarly narrative that equates the Renaissance with human preeminence by tracing the reciprocal relationships of the human and the stony. This project reflects her broader research into Renaissance ecologies of the nonhuman, theories of taxonomy, and ecocriticism. She’s a founding member of Oecologies: Inhabiting Premodern Worlds (https://oecologies.com), a collaborative research cluster that gathers scholars from the humanities living and working along the North American Pacific Coast to ask how conceptual or metaphorical resources might reorient our perceptions about the premodern past as well as our present and future moments.
Publications that reflect these interests include essays in the edited collection The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature, Literature Compass Online, Upstart a Journal of English Renaissance Studies, and a volume of Spenser Studies on “Spenser and the Human.” In addition, she recently guest edited a special issue on “Shakespeare and the Human” for the Shakespearean International Yearbook. She currently serves as vice-president for the International Spenser Society and is a visiting scholar at the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. In 2016-17 she will be the Mellon Fellow at the Huntington Library.