Maggie Solberg

Assistant Professor of English

Teaching this semester

ENGL 1070. The Art of Rhetoric and Composition

Intended for confident writers who want to ensure that they leave college speaking and writing not just proficiently, but also magnificently and irresistibly. Learn the challenging art of writing from the best, beginning with classics and moving to the current period: authors may include Philip Sydney, Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain, George Orwell, Jessica Mitford, and David Foster Wallace. Writing intensive. This course may be counted toward the major and minor in English.

ENGL 2012. Chaucer

Intermediate seminar. Introduces students to the major works of Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English literature, focusing on his masterpiece, “The Canterbury Tales.” Explores Chaucer's work in the context of his sources from Plato to Dante as well as his lasting influence on later literature, cinema, and culture. Note: Fulfills the pre-1800 requirement for English majors.

Teaching next semester

ENGL 1106/THTR 1806. Introduction to Drama

Surveys the history of drama written in English from its origins in the deep past through to the present day. Covers the theory of drama from Aristotle to Brecht. Asks how plays across space and time have moved spectators to laugh, cry, gasp, and even vomit. Authors include Samuel Beckett, Tony Kushner, William Shakespeare, and Wole Soyinka.

ENGL 3032. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Advanced seminar. Focuses on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, an anonymous medieval poem that is often described as an exquisitely cut jewel: intricate and dazzling. Explores this mysterious and complex text in its literary and historical context, alongside other myths and legends of King Arthur, his knights of the Round Table, and the monsters, fairies, and goddesses that lurk beyond the borders of Camelot. Note: This class fulfills the pre-1800 literature requirement for English majors.

Professor Solberg teaches British medieval literature and culture, from Beowulf to Skelton. Her research interests include early English drama and the cult of the Virgin Mary.


  • Ph.D., The University of Virginia; Charlottesville, VA
  • B.A., Oxford, St. Hilda's College ; Oxford, UK


“The Poetry of Death” in The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe, edited by Stephen Perkinson (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017)

“A History of ‘The Mysteries,’” Early Theatre 19.1, (June 2016)

“Madonna, Whore: Mary’s Sexuality in the N-Town Plays,“ Comparative Drama 48.3, Fall 2014

The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe


‘Speaking to the Dead’: Karofsky Prize Winner Emma Maggie Solberg Brings Medieval England Alive

Virgins, Unicorns and Medieval Literature

Academic Awards, Karofsky Prize Presented on 2016 Honors Day