Tonya-Marie Howe

Tonya-Marie Howe (no photo)


Academic Credentials

B.A. James Madison University
M.A., Ph.D. University of Michigan


Dr. Howe is Professor of Literature & Languages. Specializing in the study of popular performance genres, she presents widely at national conferences in eighteenth-century studies and digital humanities. She is currently co-PI on Literature in Context, an open-source TEI database project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that seeks to make freely-accessible a curated collection of critically-annotated resources about early literature for teachers and students. Committed to a technologically and publicly informed critical pedagogy, Dr. Howe was awarded the VFIC H. Hiter Harris award in Instructional Technology.  She is currently pursuing a MPS in Data Analytics and Visualization from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Teaching Area

  • Eighteenth-century British literature
  • Early modern world literature
  • Theater history
  • Writing
  • Critical theory
  • Digital humanities
  • Research methodologies

Research Interests

  • Data visualization and digital humanities
  • Early 18th-century British literature
  • Popular culture and performance history
  • Disability studies
  • Horror film


“Non­-Fatal Inquiry: Love in Excess, Print, and the Internet Age,” Approaches to Teaching Eliza Haywood, ed. by Tiffany Potter. Modern Language Association of America, 2020. 196-203.

“Love in Excess; or, The Fatal Enquiry.” The Literary Encyclopedia. 28 January 2020. <>. 

“WWABD?: Intersectional Futures in Digital History.” ABO: An Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830. Fall 2017. <>.

“Getting Lost in the Digital Archive.” Review of the database Eighteenth-Century Drama: Censorship, Society, and the Stage, Adam Matthew, Sage Publishing. 2016. Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research. 31.1 (Fall 2017): 133-136.

“Making a New Kind of Modern: On the Arts in the Age of Anne,” titled essay-review of Queen Anne and the Arts. In Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation 58:4 (Winter 2017). 497-502.

“Open Anthologies and the Eighteenth-Century Reader.” Co-authored with John O’Brien. The Eighteenth-Century Common. 27 June 2016. <>.

“Crawlspace and the Kinski Swerve,” Klaus Kinski, Beast of Cinema. Ed. by Matthew Edwards. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press. 2016. 140-160.

“Eliza Haywood,” The Literary Encyclopedia. 01 November 2016. <>.

“’All Deform’d Shapes’: Figuring the Posture-Master as Popular Performer in Early Eighteenth-Century England.” Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 12.4 (Fall 2012): 26-47.

“Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century (review).” Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700 36.1 (Spring 2012): 66-70.

“Abject, Delude, Create: The Aesthetic Self-Consciousness of Early Eighteenth-Century Farce.” Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 25.1 (Winter 2011): 25-45.

“City Lights.” Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia. Ed. by Philip DiMare. 3 vols. Greenwood: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

“The Silent Era.” Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia. Ed. by Philip DiMare. 3 vols. Greenwood: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

“Seeing the Trees in the Forest: Teaching Literature with Data Visualization Techniques.” Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences (Fall 2008): 43-61.



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