English Department Faculty

Erin Sadlack, Ph.D.

Chair, Associate Professor

Office Location: LAC 215C

Ph.D., University of Maryland
M.A., University of Maryland
B.A., The College of New Jersey

Medieval and Early Modern British Literature, Women's Studies, and Rhetoric and Composition

Erin Sadlack teaches courses in medieval and early modern British literature here at Marywood, where she began teaching in fall of 2005. Her first book, The French Queen’s Letters: Mary Tudor Brandon and the Politics of Marriage in Sixteenth-Century Europe, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2011. She was named Marywood’s CASE Professor of the Year in 2009, and in July 2011, she became Director of Marywood’s Honors Program.

Before coming to Marywood, she taught for five years at the University of Maryland, College Park, where her dissertation, “‘In Writing It May Be Spoke’: The Politics of Women’s Letter-Writing, 1377-1603,” won the Alice L. Geyer Dissertation Prize. Her work on letter-writing won her grants to do archival research at the British Library and the Public Records Office in London and at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

In her book, Dr. Sadlack argues that the life and letters of Henry VIII’s sister Mary, also known as “the French queen,” provide an excellent case study of the exercise of queenship and power in the sixteenth century. The book also contains an edition of Mary’s extant letters. In addition, Dr. Sadlack has published articles on women’s letter writing in the Sixteenth Century Journal and in the Renaissance English Text Society’s New Ways of Looking at Old Texts, Volume IV. Dr. Sadlack is currently editing Romeo and Juliet for the Internet Shakespeare Editions website and continuing her research on early modern petitions from the Elizabethan era.

Dr. Sadlack is the head of Marywood’s Women’s Studies Program and runs an informal play reading group, Renaissance Revels. Please contact her at easadlack@marywood.edu or 570-348-6211, x2344 if you are interested in more information about either of these programs.


  • Writing Skills
  • Introduction to World Literature
  • Early English Drama
  • Early Modern Women's Writing
  • Major Writers: Chaucer
  • Medieval Tolkien
  • Medieval and Early Modern British Literature
  • Political Writing and Rhetoric
  • Renaissance Poetry
  • Senior Seminar


The French Queen’s Letters:  Mary Tudor Brandon and the Politics of Marriage in Sixteenth-Century Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

“Epistolary Negotiations: Mary the French Queen and the Politics of Letter-Writing,” Sixteenth Century Journal 41.3 (Fall 2010).

“Petitioning Power:  Rhetorical Fashioning in Elizabethan Women’s Letters.” New Ways of Looking at Old Texts, Papers of the Renaissance English Text Society, 2002-2006. Vol. IV. Ed. Michael Denbo, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2008.