Mary Prokop

Mary joined the department in 2016. She earned her B.A. in English and Italian from the University of Notre Dame in 2014. Supported by a Beinecke Scholarship, she completed her M.A. in English and American Literature at Notre Dame in 2016. She is interested in how early modern texts both describe wonder (as an emotion, a person or object, or a cognitive effort to interpret both visible and invisible worlds) and seek to elicit wonder from the reader. She plans to study early modern texts in which a woman hailed as “wonder” for her external beauty and internal virtue enacts the moral transformation of her admirers, or in which she confronts a seductive threat. She is interested, too, in the wondering gaze female characters such as Milton’s Eve or Shakespeare’s Miranda turn upon the world. Further interests include Anglo-Italian literary relations and questions of religion and literature.