Dr. Laurel Hendrix joined the
English Department faculty in 1990. Her teaching interests include
late medieval and early modern literature, and she has taught
courses in Renaissance and Restoration, eighteenth century British
literature, Spenser, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, Arthurian
literature, medieval and Renaissance world literature, and early
modern women writers.
Dr. Hendrix has presented numerous conference papers at regional, national, and international conferences, and has published articles on Spenser, Chaucer, and Marguerite de Navarre in journals including English Literary Renaissance, Spenser Studies, Exeinpiaria, and Thalia. Her current research focuses on chaos complexity theory and its applications to early modern romance-epic narratives.
From 1999-2002, Dr. Hendrix served as the president of the Renaissance Conference of Southern California, a regional affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America. Dr. Hendrix has also been active in the department’s composition program, having coordinated the Writing Center (1991-92) and English A (1993-96). She currently coordinates the essay assessment portion of the university’s Upper Division Writing Exam.
Dr. Hendrix is a member of the Highway 168 Fire Safe Council and is a volunteer firefighter for the Pine Ridge Volunteer Fire Department.