Jillian Snyder

Snyder Fall 2017 Headshot

Email: jsnyder5@nd.edu

Areas of Interest:
Early modern literature, early modern drama, Shakespeare, Reformation literature, religion and literature, affect theory and history of emotions, literary reception and adaptation studies

Trinity Western University, BA Hon.; Simon Fraser University, MA


Jillian Snyder focuses on the places where spiritual aspiration meets daily ambition in literature. Her dissertation, “Sincere Performances: The Affective Scripts of the Pulpit and Stage in Post-Reformation England,” examines how preachers and players grappled with the lived bodily experience of Protestant reform. She examines five affects—weeping, blushing, sighing, trembling, and laughing—alongside their performance and interpretation in the pulpit and on the stage. A secondary interest investigates the twentieth and twenty-first century reception of William Shakespeare’s works in American religious culture and institutions.

Jillian is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary group, the Early Modernist Circle at the University of Notre Dame, as well as the Assistant Book Review Editor for the Journal of Religion and Literature. She is the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship and Mellon Fellowship in Religion from the University of Notre Dame as well as a Canadian Graduate Scholarship for both her M.A. and Ph.D. studies.


Pricked Hearts and Penitent Tears: Embodying Protestant Repentance in Robert Southwell’s Saint Peter’s Complaint. Studies in Philology vol. 117 no. 2 (Spring 2020). 


“These Profound Heaves:” The Frustrated Breath in the Repertoire of Revenge in Minor Affects and Their Environs. Shakespeare Association of America. Washington D.C. 17 April 2019.

“Cross-Confessional Affects and the Embodiment of Desire in the Poetry of Robert Southwell” Sixteenth-Century Society Conference. Albuquerque, NM. 1 November 2018.

"Lawful Jesting: Protestant Laughter in Early Modern Comedy" in Recuperating Laughter in Early Modern Comedy.  Shakespeare Association of America.  Los Angeles, CA.  29 March 2018.

“‘What means this show?’: Performing Protestant Repentance in Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus.” Renaissance Society of America. Chicago, IL. 30 March 2017.

“Knowing the by the Eye: Illuminating Ritual in the Geneva Bible (1560).” Midwest Region 2016 Conference on Christianity and Literature. Spring Arbor College. Spring Arbor, MI. 20 February 2016.

“‘Out Foul Spot:’ Dissenting Pedagogies in American Homeschool Editions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.” 131st Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Austin, TX. 7 January 2016.

“The Wares of Rome: Godly Identity and Displacement in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.” Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society. University of the Fraser Valley. Abbotsford, BC. 18 October 2012.

“Relics of Trauma: Media and Kitsch in Post-9/11 America.” System Crash: Risk, Crisis, Literature: Graduate Conference. Simon Fraser University. Burnaby, BC. 19 June 2010.

“Writing Religion in Post-Secularist Age: Ian McEwan’s and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Narratives of Terror.” Western Region 2008 Conference on Christianity and Literature. Biola University. La Mirada, CA. 16 May 2008.