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Misty Anderson

Misty Anderson works in Restoration and eighteenth-century studies, with a particular interest in theater history, performances studies, gender studies, queer theory, and the history of religion.   She took her B.A. at Yale University, where she majored in English and minored in a cappella singing, and she took her graduate degrees at Vanderbilt University.  She currently holds the Lindsay Young Chair of Excellence in the Humanities. She edits the journal Restoration: Studies in English Literary History, 1660-1700, a Project MUSE journal, and she is an active member of both the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.  Her most recent book, Imagining Methodism, has been called by reviewers an “invaluable, field-changing insight into queer, feminist, materialist, and performance-oriented work on early modern Britain and its place in the history of ‘the modern.’” Her current project is a performance studies approach to representations of religious events on the early modern stage, tentatively entitled God on Stage. She has been at the University of Tennessee since 1996, is married to John Tirro, and has two sons.  She is also holds courtesy appointments as a Professor of Theatre and of Religious Studies.