Faculty & Staff

Pamela R. Macfie

Samuel R. Williamson Distinguished University Professor
B.A., Goucher College; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University


Professor Macfie received her Ph.D. from Duke University, where as a Medieval and Renaissance Studies Fellow she developed her special interest in how Renaissance poets transform the works of their classical predecessors.  She has published essays on topics that include Dante's use of Ovid, Marlowe's poetry of allusion, Shakespeare's rewriting of Marlowe, Spenser's use of the Arachne myth, and Wyatt's poetry of erotic vengeance.

In addition to her teaching at Sewanee, Professor Macfie has taught in the Sewanee School of Letters and is a regular participant in British Studies at Oxford, where she has taught seminars on the Renaissance and eighteenth-century poetry of mourning, as well as seminars on Shakespeare in Performance at the Globe and Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford). The author of numerous essays on Marlowe and Chapman's allusions to Ovid, she is presently completing a book focused on Ovidian Allusion and Early Modernity. Married to University chaplain Tom Macfie, Professor Macfie is an active participant in the Catachumenate and a reader at All Saints.

Click this Sewanee Magazine link to read an article by Professor Macfie on her student's performances of Shakespeare.