Personal tools

Hostetler, Margaret

Holister, Margaret 

Associate Chair, Department of English

Office: Radford 221

Phone: 920-424-7281


Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-3:30pm, Thursdays 2:00-3:30 pm and by appointment

Personal Statement

My research interests include 13th-century devotional literature, historical literary pragmatics, feminist theory, science fiction, linguistics, and reception theory. I enjoy teaching a wide range of courses on these and other topics.

Recommended Reading

  • Aeneid, Virgil
  • Mama Day, Gloria Naylor's
  • The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker
  • Xenogenesis Trilogy, Octavia Butler


  • PhD, University of Washington, English - Medieval Literature
  • MA, University of Washington, English - Medieval Literature
  • BA, Linfield College, English

Courses Taught

  • ENG101 College English I
  • ENG110 Honors Composition
  • ENG188 WBIS
  • ENG210 Masterworks of Classical and Medieval Literature
  • ENG211 British Literature I
  • ENG281 Introduction to English Studies
  • ENG301/501 Modern Grammars
  • ENG302 Advanced Composition for the Humanities
  • ENG332/532 Early Women Writers
  • ENG340/540 Arthurian Legend and Romance
  • ENG341/541 History of the English Language
  • ENG346/546 Chaucer and His Age
  • ENG351/551 Medieval Literature
  • ENG383/583 Introduction of English Linguistics
  • ENG384/584 Sociolinguistics
  • ENG402 Internship
  • ENG481 Seminar in English Studies
  • ENG702 Language in Society
  • ENG 712 Seminar in Women Writers
  • ENG 795 Thesis
  • ENG796 Independent Study

Selected Publications and/or Activities:

  • “The Politeness of a Disciplining Text: Ideal Readers in Ancrene Wisse” forthcoming in The Journal of Historical Pragmatics (2012)
  • “Reading the Letters of Heloise: A Devotional Curriculum for Medieval Nuns” Publications of the Medieval Association of the Midwest 12 (2007 for 2005): 1-25.
  • “The Characterized Reader in Hali Meidhad and the Resisting Reader of Feminist Discourse on Medieval Devotional Texts” The Journal of Historical Pragmatics 6:1 (2005): 87-111.
  • “’Nimað eow bysne be þyssere Iudith’: Deictic Shifting and Didactic Christian Discourse in Ælfric’s JudithStudia Neophilologica 76 (2004): 1-13.
  • “’I wold thow wer closyd in an hows of ston’: Reimagining Religious Enclosure in the Book of Margery Kempe” Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies 20.2 (2003): 71-94.
  • “’Was it I that killed the babies?’: Children as Disruptive Signifiers in Ursula Le Guin's Always Coming Home” Extrapolation: A Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy 42:1 (2001): 27-36.
Document Actions
by bushna27 last modified Feb 05, 2015 12:24 PM