DEPARTMENT: Language & Literature Dept
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.
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)
Levels I and II 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
- “Throwaway Men?: Eve Ensler’s and Lynn Nottage’s Treatments of Male Perpetrators of Sexual Violence.” The Comparative Drama Conference. Rollins College, Orlando, FL. April 6-8, 2017.
- “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.