Dana Oswald, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor - English
  • Literature and Languages Department
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2005
  • PHONE: (262) 595-2507
  • EMAIL: oswald@uwp.edu
Dana Oswald


  • Old English
  • Medicine
  • Feminisms
  • Medieval
  • Women
Dana Oswald completed her Ph.D. in 2005 at The Ohio State University. She has published articles on monstrosity, gender, and sexuality in Old and Middle English literature, and on best teaching practices in the university literature and writing classrooms. Her book, Monsters, Gender and Sexuality in Medieval English Literature, was published in 2010. She is currently working on a book entitled Old English Maternal Bodies.

Teaching Interests

Old and Middle English literature, Literary Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History of the English Language

Research Interests

Dr. Oswald'a first book focused on monsters and monstrous bodies as a locus for anxieties about human bodies and identities. She is currently working on her second book, Old English Maternal Bodies, which locates the bodies of ordinary early medieval women in England in medical and penitential texts. This project thinks about the ways in which such texts represent women's bodies in the patriarchal paradigm, but also the ways in which such women give voice to their own maladies and place their bodies into the textual record.

Future research will consider women's speech practices and transvestite saints.

Consulting Interests

Dr. Oswald has served as an outside reviewer for books and articles, as well as serving as an external reviewer for departmental program reviews.

Selected Publications

: Alterior Bodies: Disability, Hyperability, and the Medieval Monster, Oxford University Press

: Teaching History of the English Language in a Global Digital Community,

: "Put the Prayer on her Girdle": Bald's Missing Remedies,

: Old English Maternal Bodies,

: Pregnancy and Knowledge in the Old English Medical Tradition, Brepols/ Generations series

: "Monaðgecynd and flewsan: Wanted and Unwanted Monthly Courses in Old English Medical Texts.”, Amsterdam University Press

2012: "Monstrous Gender: Geographies of Ambiguity.", Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous: A multi-disciplinary research companion. (30 pp.)

2010: Monsters, Gender, and Sexuality in Medieval England. , Boydell and Brewer Gender and Medieval Studies Series (250 pp.)

2010: Unnatural Women, Invisible Mothers: Monstrous Female Bodies in the Wonders of the East., Special Monstrosity edition: Different Visions: A Journal of New Perspectives on Medieval Art. (30 pp.)

2010: “The lyf so short, the crafts so long to lerne”: Reading Chaucer in Translation in the British Literature Survey Class, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (28 pp.)

2010: "Seduced by the Monster.", Medieval Herald: Boydell and Brewer Blog (2 pp.)

2009: “Wig under Wætere: Beowulf’s Revision of the Fight with Grendel’s Mother.” , Exemplaria (19 pp.)

Teaching Awards

2013: The students of Sigma Tau Delta award one professor each year with this teaching award. I was selected via a vote., Sigma Tau Delta Excellence in Teaching, Sigma Tau Delta, Tau Psi Chapter

Research/Creative Awards

2016: UW System Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities

Departmental Service

2019: - Writers Conference Organizer

University Service

: Committee Chair - Performance Review Committee
: Committee Member - IPED Executive Committee
: Committee Member - Womens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Steering Committee
2023: Special Institutional Assignment - PARC Writing Tutor Liaison
2022: Committee Member - Committee on Research and Creative Activity
2014: Committee Member - IPED Executive Committee

Professional Service

2011: - High school and college students; the College Board
ENGL 100 - First Year Composition through UW-Madison
ENGL 204 - Writing for Business/Industry
ENGL 266 - Literary Analysis
ENGL 316 - British Literature to 1500
ENGL 364 - Epic and Mythology
ENGL 380 - The English Language
ENGL 495 - Seminar in Literature:
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