2020, BA English/History, Mary Baldwin University
2018, AA Liberal Arts, Northern Virginia Community College
Toni DiNardo is a fourth year PhD student in the department of English and Comparative literature. Once described by a colleague as a “medievalismist,” her work is predominantly concerned with the mediation of medieval thought and constructions of the middle ages in modern genre fantasy. She is particularly interested in the use of what Umberto Eco called “the Middle Ages as pretext” as a backdrop for the construction and sustenance of socio-political identities, from bucolic queer medievalisms to white nationalist idealization of a putatively ethno-nationalist Middle Ages. Toni has given talks on the fraught intersection of fantasy and conceptions of “historical accuracy” and on the co-opting of popular fantasy franchises as recruiting tools by far-right groups, and in 2023 she held the Hanes Graduate Fellowship, studying the annotations and marginalia of C. S. Lewis’ personal collection of medieval and early modern texts.
- Hanes Graduate Fellowship, Rare Book Collection, Louis Round Wilson Library, 2023
Office: Greenlaw 311
British Literature from 1485 to 1660 (including Milton) | Children’s Literature | Critical Race Studies | Critical Theory and Cultural Studies | Disability Studies | Early Modern Literature And Culture | Feminist Historiography | Feminist Theory And Gender & Sexuality Studies | Genre Theory | Irish Literature | Literature and Education | Literature and History | Literature and Philosophy | Literature and Religion | Literature and Science | Media Studies | Post-Colonial Literature and Theory | Posthumanism | Queer Theory | Science Fiction | Social Justice | Visual Culture and Arts | Women Writers