Tonya-Marie Howe

Tonya-Marie Howe (no photo)


Academic Credentials

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


Committed to a technologically and publicly informed critical pedagogy, Dr. Howe teaches at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels. She teaches composition, literary analysis for majors, critical theory, early modern world literature, the 18th century novel, Restoration and 18th century theater history, visual and cultural studies, and research methodologies. Her research focuses on 18th-century British cultural studies, embodied genres, and digital humanities.

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. In 2019, she was awarded the VFIC H. Hiter Harris award in Instructional Technology. 

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.



Phone: 703-284-5762