Carol Blessing, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Literature


  • B.A., Messiah College
  • M.A., California State University, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside



Literature professor at Point Loma Nazarene University since 1993.
Renaissance and 17th Century Literature; Shakespeare; Medieval Literature; Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama; Women Writers; Women in Religion; Gender Studies and Feminist Theory; Drama as a genre (classical to postmodern); World Literature; Composition.


Books and book chapters

Volume Editor—Bloom’s Classic Critical Views: John Milton, Facts on File Infobase Publishing, October 2010.

Currently working on a book length project: Mary Tooth of Madeley: Early Methodist Woman Preacher

“Exile and Maternal Loss in the Poems of Patricia Jabbeh Wesley”—Book chapter in Exile and the Narrative/Poetic Imagination, ed. Agnieszka Gutthy, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.

“Gilbert and Gubar’s Daughters: The Madwoman in the Attic’s Spectre in Milton Studies”-- Book chapter in The Madwoman in the Attic After Thirty Years, ed. Annette Federico, University of Missouri Press, 2009.

“The Trials of Mary Stuart: Anxious Circulations in John Webster’s Drama”—Book chapter in Justice, Women, and Power in English Renaissance Drama, ed. Emily Detmer-Goebel and Andrew Majeske, Farleigh Dickinson Press, 2009.

“Elizabeth I as Deborah the Judge: Exceptional Women of Power” -- Book chapter in Goddesses and Queens, ed. Lisa Hopkins and Annaliese Connolly, University of Manchester Press, 2007.

“Speaking Out: Feminist Theology and Women’s Proclamation in the Wesleyan Tradition”--Book chapter co-written with Lisa Bernal in Being Feminist, Being Christian ed. Bettina Pedersen and Allyson Jule, Palgrave Press, 2006.


“‘But Julian of Norwich said Jesus was a Girl!’: Teaching the Mystics at a Conservative Protestant University.”  Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, Vol. 17, Issue 1, Spring 2010.

“‘Most Blessed Daughters of Jerusalem’: Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judeorum and Elizabethan and Jacobean Bible Commentary”–Ben Jonson Journal, Vol. 15, no. 2, Winter 2008.


“Exile and Maternal Loss in the Poems of Patricia Jabbeh Wesley”—presented at the African Literature Association Conference, Burlington, VT, April 17, 2009.

“‘Oh, That the Mantle May Rest on Me!’ The Ministry of Mary Tooth”—presented at the American Academy of Religion Conference , Chicago, November 1, 2008.  A revised version of the paper was presented at the Religion, Gender, and Industry: Exploring Church in a Local Setting Conference in Madeley, Shropshire UK, June 17, 2009.

“‘But Julian of Norwich said Jesus was a Girl!’: Teaching the Mystics at a Conservative Protestant University” –presented at the International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, May 2008

“The Importance of Word Choice in Our Conversations Toward Wholeness”-- group project co-written with Dr. Lawrie Merz and Dr. Bettina Pedersen—presented at PLNU/CCCU Gender Conference: Conversations toward Wholeness: Creating and Sustaining Climates Where Women and Men can Flourish in Christian Higher Education, PLNU, April 2008.