Office Phone: (540) 432-4165
Main Campus, Harrisonburg
Office Location: RLN 217
Professor of English
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.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D. in English
M.A. in English
Wake Forest University
M.A. in Religion
B.A. in English
The University of Durham (England)
Coursework in theology and literature
Eastern Mennonite University
Center for Justice and Peacebuilding
Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) Level I Training
Articles and Book Chapters
- “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 (forthcoming).
- “The Work of Love in Robert Morgan’s Gap Creek.” The Robert Morgan Companion. Ed. Robert West. West Jefferson, NC: McFarland P (forthcoming).
- “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.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
- “It’s Complicated”: Ron Rash’s Relationshp to Flannery O’Connor." Keynote Address. Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society) Symposium. Lee University, Cleveland, TN, October 22, 2016.
- “Lynyrd, Loretta, and Handel Lead Heavenward: Music in Ron Rash’s World Made Straight.” University Colloquium. Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. September 21, 2016.
- “Not Just Whistling ‘Dixie’: The Civil War’s Legacy in Ron Rash’s The World Made Straight.” The Appalachian Studies Association Conference. Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV. March 18-19, 2016.
- “Lynn Nottage’s Ruined: A Vagina Monologues for the Twenty-First Century?” The South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Research Triangle Park, NC. November 11, 2015.
- The Christ-Abandoned Landscape of Ron Rash’s Nothing Gold Can Stay. The Appalachian Studies Association Conference. East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. March 24-26, 2015.
- Meeting Wendell Berry’s Challenge: Denise Giardina’s Mountain Fiction. New Southern Writing and Its Genealogies. The Modern Language Association Convention. Chicago, IL. January 8-11, 2014.
- Feminist Forgiveness in Robert Morgan’s “The Trace.” The Appalachian Studies Association Conference. Appalachian State University. Boone, NC. March 22-24, 2013.
- “Job Had It Easy”: Suffering in Robert Morgan’s Fiction. The South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature. Our Lady of Holy Cross College. New Orleans, LA. March 8-9, 2013.
- Raising the Dead in Denise Giardina’s Appalachian Fiction. The South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Research Triangle Park, NC. Nov. 9-11, 2012.
- Kingdom Come: Denise Giardina’s Unrealized Eschatology. South Central Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Our Lady of Holy Cross College. New Orleans, LA. May 24-27, 2012.
- The Literary Ministry of Ralph C. Wood: Panel Response. Southwest Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Oklahoma Christian University. Oklahoma City, OK. Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2010. (In absentia.)
- Progressive Politics or Reactionary Nostalgia?: John Patrick Shanley’s Mixed Message in Doubt. Performyth: Tenth National Symposium of Theater in Academe/First International Theater Festival. Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA. November 11-14, 2009.
- The Professor in the Parish. The Lilly Fellows in Humanities and the Arts Reunion Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana. June 8-10, 2007.
- Suffering Unto Salvation in Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow. The Conference on Christianity and Literature. Trinity Western University, Langley, Canada. May 10-12, 2007.
- Lives and Liberties: Case Studies in Contemporary Fiction. The World and Christian Imagination: The Sixth Annual Lilly Fellows Program National Research Conference. Baylor University, Waco, TX; November 9-11, 2006.
- Book-Learnin’, Life-Learnin’: A Service-Learning Literature Class Heads for the Hills. (With EMU student Kelly Cullers.) Faith Traditions, Spirituality and Service-Learning Conference, Messiah College, Grantham, PA; June 1-3, 2006.
- The Work of Love: Vocation in Contemporary Southern Literature. Faith, Hope, and Work Symposium, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA; February 9-11, 2006.
- Teaching Literature with a Lab: The Work of Love. Spirituality, Justice, and Pedagogy Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI; September 22-24, 2005.
- “You Stand With Whoever’s Getting Their Head Bashed In": Denise Giardina’s Literary-Political Vocation. Christianity and Human Rights: The Fourth Annual Lilly Fellows Program National Research Conference. Samford University, Birmingham, AL; November 11-14, 2004.
- West Virginia Vocatio in Denise Giardina’s Saints and Villains. Society for the Study of Southern Literature Meeting. UNC-Chapel Hill, NC; March 25-28, 2004.
- Prosaic Grace in Doris Betts’s Sharp Teeth of Love. The Image/Lilly Fellows Program Research Conference, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA; November 6-9, 2003.
- “In League Together": Taking Mrs. Dalloway Into A Women’s Prison. Thirteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, Smith College, Northampton, MA; June 5-8, 2003.
- Resourcing for Pastoral Care and Relational Interactions. With Laura Yoder. Lancaster Mennonite Conference. Ephrata, PA. Scheduled June 6, 2015.
- Eastern Mennonite University’s Listening Process and Book Discussion Group Around Issues of Sexual Difference. In the Conversation on Human Sexuality Series. Eastern University, St. Davids, PA; March 10, 2015.
- “Talkback” after Into the Woods (with Anne Waltner and student cast members. March 4, 2014.
- “Talkback” after Anna Karenina (with Phil Grayson and EMU students Makayla Baker, Samantha Ferrier, and Kate Swartz), February 2, 2013.
- Synthesis/Response Panel. Mennonite/s Writing VI Conference. With Ervin Beck (Goshen College), Jesse Nathan (San Francisco Bay Area), Shirley Showalter (Brooklyn, New York), Anita Hooley Yoder (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), Robert Zacharias (University of Toronto), April 30, 2012.
- “Talkback” after The Importance of Being Earnest (with Kim Brenneman and the EMU theatre cast), October 27, 2011.
- “Writing Student Reference Letters” (with Jennifer Litwiller), EMU Faculty-Staff Fall Conference, August 19, 2010.
- A Conversation about Publishing, EMU “Kairos Place” Lunch Series, May 2010.
- “Grant-Writing Tips” (with Steve Cessna, Ann Hershberger, Jan Jenner, and Matthew Siderhurst), EMU Faculty Lunch Series, March 23, 2010.
Exhibits, Performances and Productions
- Poet for The Peacemakers based on Leymah Gbowee’s Mighty Be Our Powers. Composed by Gwyneth Walker and performed by Musica Harmonia, EMU Bach Festival, June 13, 2013, and again January 11, 2014.
- Reader for “Letters to the World,” a musical setting of poems by Emily Dickinson, performed by Musica Harmonia, Martin Chapel, EMU, September 18, 2010.
Church, Community and Professional Service
- Conference on Christianity and Literature Board, 2016 to present
- Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts National Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities Board, 2010-2014
- Lilly Fellows Program Reunion Planning Committee, 2014
- Conference on Christianity and Literature Nominating Committee, 2013
- Lilly Graduate Fellows National Selection Committee, 2009-2011
Honors, Awards and Grants
- Participant, Diversity Responsive Teaching Seminar, National Science Foundation, 2016-2017
- The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Faculty Seminar, “Slave Narratives,” Yale University, Summer 2015
- Eastern Mennonite University Summer Teaching Grants, Summer 2011, Summer 2013
- Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Summer Seminar, “Professing Literature: Christian Engagement with Contemporary Literary Studies,” Calvin College, 2009
- Eastern Mennonite University Lilly Foundation Theological Exploration of Vocation Mini-Grant, Spring 2009
- Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning Summer Seminar, “Faith in the Classroom: Christian Perspectives on Teaching and Learning,” Calvin College, 2006
- Eastern Mennonite University Lilly Foundation Faculty Mini-Grants, Fall 2006, Spring 2006, Spring 2005, and Spring 2004
- Eastern Mennonite University Research Grant, Summer 2006
- Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts Faculty Mentoring Grant, 2005-2006
- Eastern Mennonite University Research Course Release (six hours), Fall 2004
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Regional Study and the Liberal Arts: Appalachia Up Close,” Ferrum College, 2004
- Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities, Valparaiso University, 2001-2003
- Pew Younger Scholars Mentoring Program, 2000-2003
- Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to the University of Durham, England, 1991-1992
- Phi Beta Kappa
- The Appalachian Studies Association
- The Conference on Christianity and Literature
- Modern Language Association
Professional Conferences Attended
- Lilly Fellows in Humanities and the Arts National Conference, Augsburg College, St. Paul, MN, October 14-16, 2016.
- Lilly Fellows in Humanities and the Arts National Conference, Belmont University, Nashville, TN, October 10-12, 2015.
- “Islam in the Classroom: Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching About Islam in a Post-9/11 World,” Gordon College, Wenham, MA, Monday, September 21, 2015.
- Lilly Fellows in Humanities and the Arts Administrators’ Conference and National Conference, Xavier University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, September 25-28, 2014.
- Lilly Fellows in Humanities and the Arts Administrators’ Conference and National Conference, The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, October 17-20, 2013.
- Lilly Fellows in Humanities and the Arts Administrators’ Conference and National Conference, The University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, October 19-21, 2012.
- Lilly Fellows in Humanities and the Arts Administrators’ Conference and LFP National Conference, Samford University, Birmingham, AL. October 19-23, 2011.
- Lilly Fellows in Humanities and the Arts National Conference, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN. October 14-16, 2010.
New Courses Taught
- Global Literatures II (Fall 2014)
- ‘American’ ‘Manhood’? (Fall 2014; revised Fall 2016 to include a community-learning component)
- Southern Epic Journeys (Spring 2014; seminar in the major)
- Shakespeare and the Modernists (Spring 2014)
- Allegiance, Identity, and Peace (Spring 2013)
- Global Literatures III (Spring 2010; revised Spring 2013 to focus on Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina; revised Spring 2014 to focus on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment)
- Ways of War and Peace (Spring 2012; revised to include a community-learning component)
- Broken Families: Approaching the American Novel Through Attachment Theory (Spring 2011; seminar in the major)
- What Do Women Want? (Spring 2010; revised to include more international texts and a community-learning component)
- Faculty Representative, Lilly Fellows in Humanities and the Arts Network, 2003 to present
- Member, Faculty Status Committee, 2007-2012, 2015 to present
- New Faculty Mentor, 2010-2011, 2016-2017
- Member, Faculty Scholarship Committee, 2012-2015
- Member, Fall Faculty-Staff Conference Planning Committee, 2006-2007, 2013-2014, 2015-2016
- Intensive English Program Conversation Partner, 2012-2014
- Residence Hall Prayer Partner, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2014, 2015-2016
- Honors Mentor, 2007-2010, 2012-2013
- Senior Class Co-Advisor, 2010-2011
- Member, Provost Search Committee, 2007-2008
- Coordinator, New Faculty Mentoring Program, 2005-2007
- Chair, Department of Language and Literature, 2004-2007
- Member, Academic Council, 2004-2007
- Member, Strategic Planning Committee, 2004-2007