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Professor Amy L. Tigner
Assistant Professor, Sixteenth-Century Specialist: Department of English

622 Carlisle Hall
(ph): 817.272.2692
(fax): 817.272.2718


Ph.D. – Stanford University, 2004
M.A. – Stanford University, 1999
M.A. – University of Wyoming, 1996
B.A. – University of Wyoming, 1987


Current Research

Amy L. Tigner has recently published an essay, “The Flowers of Paradise: Botanical Trade in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England” in Global Traffic: Discourses and Practice of Trade in English Literature and Culture from 1550 to 1700, edited by Barbara Sebek and Stephen Deng (Palgrave, 2008). She has also published work concerning Shakespeare’s use of garden imagery and discussing the recent play The Laramie Project as a Western operating in the pastoral mode.  She is currently working on her book manuscript: England’s Paradise, which investigates the Renaissance literary obsession with gardens and England’s early environmental writing.  She is now writing the chapter, “The Untended Garden: Weeds in Paradise,” in which she investigates the categorization of plants as weeds in early modern herbals, how the readers of these texts understood some plants as weeds, and how this particular historical understanding informs their uses in Shakespeare’s plays.  For a conference in December, Tigner is also writing an article on food and Paradise Lost entitled “Eating with Eve: Horticulture and Harvest in Eden” that she will present at “Milton at 400 and at Stanford, A Symposium in Honor of J. Martin Evans,” to be held at Stanford University.


Recent Publications

"The Flowers of Paradise:  Botanical Trade in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century England," Global Traffic: 
Discourses and Practices of Trade in English Literature and Culture from 1550 to 1700.
Eds. Barbara Sebeck
and Stephen Deng,
New York: Palgrave, 2008.

"The Winter’s Tale: Gardens and the Marvels of Transformation," English Literary Renaissance.  Winter 2006.

"The Laramie Project: Western Pastoral," Modern Drama 45.1. Winter 2003


Teaching Interests

16th and 17th century British Literature
Food Studies
Landscape and environmental studies

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