Marlene McKinley, PhD

Professor, English

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Dr. McKinley has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a fellowship from the English Speaking Union, a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Sears-Roebuck Foundation and the Foundation for Independent Higher Educational Teaching Excellence Award.

She held the position of Eastern Regent of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, and has held the position of Faculty Sponsor of Suffolk University's Eta Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta for the past 20 years.

In addition to presenting a number of readings, lectures, and papers in the United States and at international conferences in Canada, England, Germany, and Australia, as well as providing several readings and interviews on WDUR Radio in Cologne, Germany, and on ABC National Radio of Australia, her scholarly works are published in American, Australian, and German literary journals and in The Twentieth Century Fantasists: Essays on Culture, Society and Belief in Twentieth Century Fantasy Literature, ed. Kath Filmer, published by Macmillan Press, London.

Dr. McKinley's creative works, much of which she wrote for her husband's music, include a one act opera, Blind Tom; a dramatic adaptation of the medieval poem, Sir Ofeo; and other works for chamber and voices, one of which (Nostradamus) she narrates and has performed in both Boston and New York City.

The McKinleys' Four Text Settings has been released by Koch Recordings; other works have been by MMC Recordings, ECM Recordings, and MMC Recordings. A number of the McKinleys' recordings are presently under consideration for iTunes release.


  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • BA, Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests

  • Medieval Studies
  • Irish Literature
  • British Literature
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Courses Taught

  • WRI-H103 Advanced First-Year Writing
  • ENG-141 Studies in British Literature
  • ENG-213 English Literature I
  • ENG-214 English Literature II
  • ENG-311 Medieval Literature Survey
  • ENG-334 Seventeenth Century Literature
  • ENG-373 British Literature of the 1930s
  • ENG-399 Irish Literature