Dyani Johns Taff writes and teaches about early modern literature and culture. Her interests include gender studies, environmental humanisms, ship of state and other maritime metaphors, romance, piracy, translation, and re/interpretations of biblical narratives. She is the author of articles on Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Margaret Cavendish, and Chaucer, and is currently writing a book titled "Navigating Ships of State: Gender, Authority, and the Maritime Environment in Early Modern English Literature, 1580-1680."
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- Literature and Environment: Vital Rivers, Rivers in Crisis (fall 2018)
- Introduction to Poetry (spring/fall 2018)
- Insight: Climate Changing (fall 2017 and 2018); with Nancy Jacobson (Biology)
- Shakespeare (spring 2017, 2018, and 2019)
- Introduction to Literature: Piracy (fall 2017)
- Academic Writing I (fall/spring 2015-2016)
- University of California, Davis, MA (2010) and PhD (2015)
- Skidmore College, BA (2007)
- "'[L]ove that oughte ben secree': Secrecy and Alternate Endings in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde." Studies in Philology, forthcoming Fall 2019.
- "Gendered Circulation and the Marital Ship of State in Jonson's The Staple of News." Renaissance Drama 46, vol. 2 (Fall 2018): 193-212. https://doi.org/10.1086/699623
- “Precarious Travail, Gender, and Narration in Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre and Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World.” Early Modern Women and Travel. Eds. Bernadette Andrea and Patricia Akhimie. University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming 2019.
- “Time, Gender, and Nonhuman Worlds.” (with Emily Kuffner and Elizabeth Crachiolo) Gendered Temporalities in the Early Modern World. Ed. Merry Weisner-Hanks. Amsterdam University Press Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World Series, 2018. 69-92.
- “A Shipwreck of Faith: Hazardous Voyages and Contested Representations in Milton’s Samson Agonistes.” Storms on Islands: Shipwreck and Island Motifs in Literature and the Arts. Eds. Brigitte Le Juez and Olga Springer. Boston: Brill/Rodopi, 2015. 151-170.
- Shakespeare Association of America Travel Grant, 2015.
- Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, UC Davis Graduate Studies, 2014.
- Research-Teaching Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation UC Davis Initiative in Early Modern Studies, 2014.
- Dissertation Fellowship, UC Davis Department of English, Summers 2013 and 2014.