Associate professor, Literature Section
areas of expertise: travel writing, historical literature
Mary C. Fuller works on the history of early modern voyages, exploration and colonization. Her teaching interests range from the great works of Renaissance poetry (Paradise Lost, The Faerie Queene) to the intellectual and practical aftermaths of Europe's encounter with America in the 15th century and beyond.
She is also interested in material books and how readers use them, in the past and in the present. She has published articles on Caribbean poetry, exploration narratives and video games, early modern circumnavigations, and Renaissance narratives of travel to Russia, West Africa, Guiana, Newfoundland, and Istanbul, as well as Voyages in Print: English Travel to America: 1576-1624. Trips organized by MIT's Alumni Travel Program have gotten her to some of the places early travelers went as a guest lecturer. She has also been studying the Japanese martial art of aikido since 1992, and currently teaches classes both at New England Aikikai (Cambridge) and Portsmouth Aikikai (NH).
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