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Mary Adams

Mary Adams

Associate Professor

College of Arts and Sciences


Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3929
Office: 305 Coulter Building
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Mary Adams earned a BA from Smith College, an MFA from the University of Iowa, and a PhD from the University of Houston. She has published two volumes of poetry and articles on Milton, and modern poetry. She is the recipient of an fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has frequently been a finalist for the Arts and Science Teaching Award and the University Community Service award. She also helps run the Humane Society of Jackson County.


  • Ph D, University of Houston Main Campus, English Literature and Poetry Writing
  • MFA, University of Iowa, Creative Writing
  • BA, Smith College, English, Medieval Studies

Teaching Interests

Shakespeare, early modern literature, modern poetry, poetry writing, bible as literature

Research Interests

I study how affect--the perception of emotion and its expression--is linked to sound in Shakespeare. I am particularly engaged in how early moderns understood feeling, hearing, and thought, and how they used rhetorical tropes to communicate their understanding of the mind and heart (or liver) at work.

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