Theresa M. DiPasquale

Gregory M. Cowan Professor of English Language & Literature; Chair and Professor of English
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(509) 526-4710

Van Eyck

Van Eyck's painting of the Arnolfini wedding


Theresa DiPasquale graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 with a B.A. in English. She earned her M.A. (1985) and Ph.D. (1989) in English from the University of Virginia. Before coming to Whitman in the Fall of 1998, she taught at Sweet Briar College, Carleton College, and Florida International University in North Miami, FL.

Her teaching interests include lyric poetry of every period, the culture and religion of the English Renaissance, 16th- and 17th-century English poets and dramatists (especially Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, Lanyer, and Milton), and the cross-cultural reception of Shakespeare.

Her research focuses on literature of the English Renaissance, with particular attention to the religious functions of poetry, issues of gender, and the theme of love (both sacred and profane). She has published in scholarly journals including Studies in the Novel, Philological Quarterly, Modern Philology, The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, and the John Donne Journal.  Her first book, Literature and Sacrament: The Sacred and the Secular in John Donne (Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 1999), won the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication in 2000; her second book, which was published in May 2008 by Duquesne University Press, is Refiguring the Sacred Feminine: The Poems of John Donne, Aemilia Lanyer, and John Milton.  Please visit her web page at for more information on her teaching and research.