DEPARTMENT: Language and Literature
POSITION: Professor of English
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | RLN 217
PHONE: (540) 432-4165
Martha Greene Eads grew up in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge mountains and studied literature and theology at Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Durham (UK). Before coming to EMU, she taught at the North Carolina Correctional Center for Women and at Valparaiso University in Indiana, where she held a Lilly Fellowship in Humanities and the Arts from 2001-2003. Her research and teaching interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century drama, English modernism, and contemporary Southern fiction, and her articles on those topics have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Christianity and Literature, The Cresset, Modern Drama, The Southern Quarterly, and Theology.
BA, Wake Forest University (English with minor in History)
MA, Wake Forest University (Religion)
MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (English)
PHD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (English)
“Robert Morgan’s Gap Creek at Twenty.” The Cresset 83:2 (Advent-Christmas 2019): 16-22.
“‘Use Nothing Only Once’: Believing Again with Roger Lundin, Emily Dickinson, and Ron Rash.” The Cresset. 81:4 (Easter 2018): 24.-9
“The Christ-Abandoned Landscape of Nothing Gold Can Stay.” Summoning the Dead: Critical Essays on Ron Rash. Eds. Zachary Vernon and Randall Wilhelm. Columbia: U SC P, 2017.
“Raising the Dead in Denise Giardina’s Appalachian Fiction.” Christianity and Literature 63:1 (Autumn 2013): 75-87.
“A Church of One’s Own: John Patrick Shanley’s Woolfian Project.” The Cresset. 76:5 (Trinity 2013): 6-17.
“Industrialization’s Threat to Vocational Calling in Denise Giardina’s Storming Heaven.” Appalachian Journal 39:1-2 (Fall 2011/Winter 2012): 56-70.
“Suffering Unto Salvation in Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow.” The Cresset. 75:1 (Michaelmas 2011): 6-13.
“The Professor in the Parish: Beyond Gourmet Coffee and High-Quality Handouts.” For the Whole of Creation: Christianity and Scholarship in the Public Square, the Guild, and the Church. Ed. John Steven Paul and James Paul Old. Valparaiso, IN: Valparaiso U P, 2010. 83-94.
“Feminist Forgiveness in Robert Morgan’s ‘The Trace’.” The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of the Arts in the South 47:3 (Spring 2010): 151-61.
“Mrs. Dalloway Goes to Prison.” Approaches to Teaching Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Eds. Eileen Barrett and Ruth Saxton. New York: MLA, 2009.
“Pointing Toward Peace.” The Cresset 70:5 (Trinity 2007): 55-57.
“Prosaic Grace in Doris Betts’s Souls Raised From the Dead.” The Gift of Story: Narrating Hope in Film and Literature. Eds. Mark Eaton and Emily Greisinger. Waco: Baylor U P, 2006. 103-116.
“Conversion Tactics in Terrence McNally’s and Paul Rudnick’s Gay Gospels.” Modern Drama 68:1 (Spring 2005): 163-185. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 252 (Gale/Cengage), 2009.
“Money, Sex, and Food as Spiritual Signposts in Doris Betts’s Sharp Teeth of Love.” Christianity and Literature 54:1 (Autumn 2004):31-49. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 275 (Gale/Cengage), 2009.
“The Mystery of Vocation.” Christian Reflection 11 (Spring 2004): 59-67.
“Dorothy L. Sayers’s Working-Class Voices.” The Cresset 66:2 (Christmas 2002): 6-11.
“Unwitting Redemption in Margaret Edson’s Wit.” Christianity and Literature 51:2 (Winter 2002): 241-254.
“The Anti-Romantic Comedies of Dorothy L. Sayers.” Modern Drama 44:2 (Summer 2001): 214-231.
Interview with Doris Betts. The Carolina Quarterly 52:2 (Spring 2000): 59-73.
“H.D.’s Challenge to the Institution in ‘The Flowering of the Rod’.” Theology 97 (September/ October 1994): 344-52.
“Not Just Whistling ‘Dixie’: The Civil War’s Legacy in Ron Rash’s The World Made Straight.” The Cresset 79:1 (Michaelmas 2015): 6-12.
“Campus Conversations About Sexuality and the Church: Review of Does Jesus Really Love Me?, by Jeff Chu, Washed and Waiting, by Wesley Hill, God and the Gay Christian, by Matthew Vines, and The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield.” The Cresset 78:2 (Advent/Christmas 2014): 6-18.
Review of Still, by Lauren Winner, and Acedia and Me, by Kathleen Norris. The Cresset 76:1 (Michaelmas 2012): 56-8.
Review of Faith, by Jennifer Haigh. The Cresset 75:2 (Advent/Christmas 2011): 61-2.
Review of Through a Glass Darkly: Suffering, the Sacred, and the Sublime in Literature and Theory, ed. Holly Faith Nelson, Lynn R. Szabo, and Jens Zimmermann. Christian Scholar’s Review 41:1 (Fall 2011): 103-5.
Review of Lit: A Memoir, by Mary Karr. The Cresset 74:4 (Easter 2011): 60-61.
“Imagining America: Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” The Cresset 74:2 (Advent/Christmas 2010): 49-53.
Review of Creed Without Chaos: Exploring Theology in the Writings of Dorothy L. Sayers, by Laura Simmons. The Dorothy L. Sayers Society Bulletin 183 (January 2006): 6-7.
Review of Walker in the Fog, by Jeff Gundy. Brethren in Christ History and Life 28:3 (December 2005): 575-7.
Review of Literature in Christian Perspective: Becoming Faithful Readers, by Bridget Nichols. Christianity and Literature 50:2 (Winter 2001): 341-3.
Reference Guide Entries
“Biblical Drama in Britain and North America.” Western Drama Through the Ages. Ed. Kimball King. Westport, CT: Greenwood P, 2007. 314-331.
“Margaret Edson.” Dictionary of Literary Biography. Twentieth-Century American Dramatists: Fourth Series. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2002. 75-78.
“Paul Rudnick.” Dictionary of Literary Biography. Twentieth-Century American Dramatists: Fourth Series. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2002. 245-254.
“Ridgely Torrence.” Dictionary of Literary Biography. Twentieth-Century American Dramatists: Third Series. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2002. 338-344.
The Peacemakers (lyrics). When the Spirit Sings: Chamber Music of Gwyneth Walker. Musica Harmonia: Naoko Takao, piano; Leslie Nicholas, clarinet; Joan Griffing, violin; Diane Phoenix-Neal, viola; and Beth Vanderborgh, cello. Centaur CRC 3524. ©2016.