Marilyn Moriarty

Marilyn Moriarty

I grew up in Florida, where I received my undergraduate and some graduate education, though I traveled as often as I could, living for a time in Los Angeles, CA, Scotland, and Germany. In Irvine, California, I wrote a dissertation on Shakespeare with an emphasis in literary theory and for a couple of years regularly scuba-dived off the coast. I came to love the out of doors here in Virginia, and, up the road, I found the Blackfriars Theater in Staunton, the source of some of the best Shakespeare I (and my students!) have seen. Now, having seen all but one of the plays in the canon, I’m going to have to start a new bucket list.

Areas of Expertise

  • Shakespeare, Renaissance, literary theory, creative nonfiction.

Courses Taught

  • Literary History and Theory I
  • Shakespeare's Women
  • British Writers I
  • Shakespeare and the Theater
  • Literature of the Renaissance
  • Monsters and Marvels


  • Ph.D. University of California, Irvine 1990
  • M.A. University of Florida 1980
  • B.A. University of Florida 1976
  • Merit certificate, linguistics. Edinburgh University (Scotland)

Publications & Articles

  • Backstory: Antioch Review Blog. August 8, 2014.
  • "The Taking of Dead Horse Hollow: Eminent Domain Abuse," Antioch Review. 2013.
  • "Naked Italian," "Journey" issue of the Canadian magazine, Room. March, 2012.


Research Interests

  • I’m working on a memoir, which required me to research my mother’s WWII prisoner-of-war record as a member of the French underground captured by the Gestapo. I’m also interested in working on the shift of comedic genre in Shakespeare’s Henry V.