Dr. Margaret Owens

Dr. Margaret Owens
Associate Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - Fine Arts and English Studies - English Studies
Full-time Faculty
BA, Trent University
MA, University of Toronto
PhD, University of Toronto
Areas of Specialization:

​Early Modern Literature

Research Interests:

​Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Literary and Cultural Studies; Critical and Cultural Theory, especially Psychoanalytic Criticism; Visual Culture; Film Studies; Body Studies

Current & Future Research:

​My current book-length project, provisionally entitled “Imaginary Anatomy: Effigeal Bodies in Early Modern and Modern Culture,” is a cultural-historical investigation of the effigy and effigeal corporeality in early modern and modern culture, from Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale through to twentieth-century horror films.


​I have published articles in the journals Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, Criticism, American Imago, Essays in Theatre, and Word & Image. My monograph, Stages of Dismemberment: The Fragmented Body in Late Medieval and Early Modern Drama (University of Delaware Press, 2005), concentrates on theatrical representations of dismemberment and decapitation, examining the reconfiguration of corporeal semiotics in the wake of the Protestant Reformation.