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College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Martha Diede

Dr. Martha Diede



  • B.A. Seattle Pacific University, 1992
  • M.A. Baylor University, 1995
  • Ph.D. Baylor University, 2002


Take and Eat: Eve, Mary and Feminist Christianity.  Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory, ed. Cassandra Falke. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

“Queen Elizabeth I” and “Shakespeare’s Sonnets.” Facts on File Companion to British Poetry before 1600. Ed. Michelle M. Sauer. New York: Facts on File, 2008.

Shakespeare’s Knowledgeable Body. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.

“Briefly, From the West.” Review of Subjectivity by Donald E. Hall for In-Between: Essays and Studies in Literary Criticism. 2004.

“As I Sit Writing Here,” “Ellen Eyre,” “Ellen Grey,” and “Flora Denison MacDonald,” in The Walt Whitman Encyclopedia. Ed. J. R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings. Garland P, 1998.

With Peter G. Beidler. An Indexed Bibliography of The Chaucer Review. A special issue of The Chaucer Review, April 1997.

With Peter G. Beidler. An Annotated and Indexed Bibliography of The Chaucer Review. On-line. http://library.northwestu.edu/Chaucer

A list of health education publications through WRS Group, Ltd., is available upon request.


“Political Alliance and the Conditions of Friendship: Elizabeth I and Safiye,” Shakespeare Association of America, Bellevue, WA, April 2011.

“Gender Bias in Higher Education,” Gender Issues in Communication, Seattle Pacific University, November 2009.

“Not Clash, but Conversation: Medieval Tales of Tamburlaine that Led to Marlowe’s Tamburlaine,” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, July 2004.

“Performing the Body Politic and Epistemological: Elizabeth I and the Rainbow Portrait.” Shakespeare Association of America Meeting, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, April 2003.

“Public and Private Spheres: Mary Sidney’s Antonie and the Place of Women.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 1998.

“More Donne: The Influence of Donne’s Catholic Family Background on His Divine Poetry.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, Salt Lake City, October 1998.

“The Body of the Senses in 1 Henry IV.” South Central Renaissance Conference, Waco, April 1998.

Panel Chair, “The Ruins of Poetry,” American Conference on Romanticism, Athens, Georgia, January 1998.

“Homoeroticism and the Theater in As You Like It.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, October 1997.

Panel Chair, “Spenser,” and “Hamlet,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, October 1997.

“Renewed Being: Raskolnikov’s Social, Sexual, and Spiritual Rebirth in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.” Sixth Annual Conference on Language and Literatures, Waco, March 1997.

“The Wife of Bath: Reviving the Anglo-Saxon Woman.” Joint Conference of the Southeastern and Texas Medieval Associations, Waco, November 1996.

“The Writer Becomes Narcissus: The Letter in Chapter 13 of Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria.” Third Annual National Graduate Student Romanticism Conference, Atlanta, April 1996.

“The Absence of the King: Malory’s Arthur and King Henry VI.” Texas Medieval Association, San Antonio, September 1994.



I decided that I wanted to be professor when I was 10 and began teaching at 13, when I was assigned a Sunday School class. I’ve been teaching something to someone ever since. My latest foray into non-traditional teaching was "Martha’s Cooking College" for a friend of mine who wanted to become a better cook.


Cooking; crocheting; gardening; home repair; antiques.

Professional and Community Service

  • Chair, Faculty Development Committee, Northwest University, 2010-present
  • Faculty Development Committee, Northwest University, 2008-present
  • Healthy Workplace Steering Team, Northwest University, 2010-present
  • Human Subjects Review Board (IRB), Northwest University, 2004-present
  • Adviser/Sponsor, Sigma Tau Delta, Northwest University, 2006-present
  • General Education Requirements Task Force, Northwest University, 2008-2009
  • Performing Arts Task Force, Northwest University, 2004-2005
  • Leader, Goal-Setting Forum, English Department, Northwest University, January 2004 – 2005
  • Local Arrangements Committee, South Central Renaissance Conference, Waco, April 1998
  • Beall Poetry Festival Committee, Baylor University, 1996-97
  • Secretary, English Graduate Students’ Association, 1996-97
  • Founding Vice President, English Graduate Students’ Association, 1995-96

Works in Progress

Appetite and Abstinence:  Women, Eating and Western Religious Traditions.

Spirit of Adoption. With Melanie Springer Mock.

Revision of “Pyramids of Skulls and Trenches for Bodies: Tamburlaine and the Beginnings of Arabic Propaganda for the West.”

Revision of “Performing the Body Politic and Epistemological: Elizabeth I and the Rainbow Portrait.”

Revision of “More Donne: The Influence of Donne’s Catholic Family Background on His Divine Poetry.”

Professional Memberships

  • Shakespeare Association of America
  • Modern Language Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
  • Women in Literature and Life Association

Recommended Reading:

Shakespeare, The Complete Works, Shakespeare
Heart and Stomach of a King, Carol Levin
England’s Elizabeth: An Afterlife in Fame and Fantasy, Dobson & Watson
The Confessions, Augustine
The Temple, George Herbert
John Donne’s Complete Poetry Writing with Power, Peter Elbow
To Serve Them All My Days, R. Delderfield
The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
Lost in a Good Book, Jasper Fforde
The Well of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde
Something Rotten, Jasper Fforde
Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning