Marija Reiff is a doctoral candidate and Presidential Graduate Research Fellow in English. Her specialties include Victorian literature, theater, Shakespeare, Shakespearean adaptations, and religion and literature. Currently her research is coalescing around Victorian Theater, Oscar Wilde, and Victorian constructions of Shakespeare. She has two forthcoming publications: one on Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft in Women’s Studies and one on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale in The Coleridge Bulletin.
She has a BA in Theater, Music, and English from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. After working professionally as an actor and singer and performing roles such as Rosalind in As You Like It and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Reiff returned to school at the University of Virginia where she received her MA in English while working as a TA in the Drama Department and working in the Writing Center. She won the Balch Prize for best MA thesis for her paper “‘Repentance is quite out of date’: Oscar Wilde’s Comedies and Fin de Siècle Catholicism.”