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Tanya Caldwell

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D., University of Toronto


Restoration Literature & Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Drama, Memoir & Auto/Biography


Dr. Caldwell teaches courses in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature as well as courses in Life Writing.

Dr. Caldwell’s research focused for a long time on Dryden and the classics in translation.  She has now shifted her attention more fully to drama and life writing, in particular the late-eighteenth-century playwright Hannah Cowley.  She is currently working on a biography of Cowley (1743-1809), a project that will  her importance as playwright and astute business woman in the late eighteenth century.

Dr. Caldwell is also passionate about the international programs in the COAS. She coordinates the highly successful exchange program for English and History majors with the University of Northumbria, Newcastle.  Please see this link:

She has also been deeply involved in the Spring Break Study Abroad program and frequently offers those courses for our graduate program.  You can see a sampling of the splendid work done by the students who participated here:


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You can read about her publications here: