Emily Stelzer, PhD

College of Arts and Humanities
English, Communication, Great Texts, and Modern Languages
  • Associate Professor of Literature
  • Chair, Department of English, Communication, Great Texts, and Modern Languages
  • Program Coordinator, English (BA and Minor)
  • Program Coordinator, Great Texts (BA and Minor)


  • PhD in Literature, University of Dallas
  • MA in English, University of Dallas
  • BA in English, Hillsdale College

Courses Taught

  • Renaissance Literature
  • Seventeenth-Century Literature
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • English Literature I
  • Great Works of Literature I
  • Great Works of Literature II
  • Composition and Literature I
  • Composition and Literature II
  • John Milton
  • Shakespeare
  • Menippean Satire
  • Literary Criticism and Theory


Dr. Stelzer’s recent book Gluttony and Gratitude: Milton’s Philosophy of Eating (Penn State UP, 2018) considers the theme of temperance and the role of gluttony in the tradition of the Fall, tracing medieval and especially Augustinian influences in the work of John Milton.

“Miltonic Liberty and the Grounds for Disestablishment in A Treatise of Civil Power” (forthcoming)

Euphrasy, Rue, Polysemy, and Repairing the Ruins.” Scholarly Milton, edited by Thomas Festa and Kevin J. Donovan, Clemson University Press, 2019, pp. 185-208.

“Lear, Luke 17, and Looking for the Kingdom Within.” Religions 10(8), 456; 2019; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10080456

Tanquam Explorator: A Classical Model for Christian Readers.” The City, A Publication of Houston Christian University, July 20, 2018; https://hc.edu/news-and-events/2018/07/20/a-classic-is-a-story-that-might-save-us-meditations-on-the-christian-gospel-and-platos-story-of-er/

Dr. Stelzer has also published articles and review essays in Religion & Literature, Appositions, Early Modern English StudiesEarly Modern Literary Studies, and the Ben Jonson Journal..

Additional Information

Dr. Stelzer is happy to teach a wide variety of literature courses at HCU, but she especially enjoys discussing early modern poetry, including the works of Milton, Donne, and Marvell.  She is a lifetime member of the Milton Society of America.