Carol Blessing, Ph.D.

Professor of Literature, Point Loma Nazarene University.

Dr Blessing gave a presentation at the Methodist Studies Seminary in Oxford in April 2015. During her visit to Manchester, she researched the lives of Mary Fletcher and Mary Tooth. 

Dr Blessing presented her research entitled ‘Mary Tooth of Madeley: Re-visioning Vocation’ at the May 2006 Madeley Day Colloquium. Some of the fruits of her research were published in “Speaking Out: Feminist Theology and Women’s Proclamation in the Wesleyan Tradition”—Chapter co-written with Lisa Bernal in Being Feminist, Being Christian ed. Bettina Tate Pedersen and Allyson Jule (2006). She presented a paper titled '"Oh That the Mantle May Rest on Me!" The Ministry of Mary Tooth' at the Madeley conference in June 2009, which has now been published. She was also volume editor of Bloom's Classic Critical Views: John Milton (Facts on File Infobase Publising, 2010). She is currently working on a book length project: Mary Tooth of Madeley: Early Methodist Woman Preacher.


Select Recent Publications

'"But Julian of Norwich said Jesus was a Girl!": Teaching the Mystics at a Conservative Protestant University', Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 17:1 (Spring 2010).

'Exile and Maternal Loss in the Poems of Patricia Jabbeh Wesley' in Exile and the Narrative/Poetic Imagination, ed. Agnieska Guttey (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010).

'"Most Blessed Daughters of Jerusalem": Amelia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judeorum and Elizabethean and Jacobean Bible Commentary' Ben Jonson Journal 15:2 (Winter 2008).

'The Trials of Mary Stuart: Anxious Circulations in John Webster's Drama' in Justice, Women, and Power in English Renaissance Drama, ed. Emily Detner-Goebel and Andrew Majeske (Farleigh Dickenson Press, 2009).