- B.A. – Yale University
- M.A. and Ph.D. – the University of Virginia
Dr. Prendergast taught at the College of Wooster from 1999-2005 and 2008-2018 before returning to the English faculty in 2021. She has also taught at the University of Miami (1990-1995), the University of South Alabama (1995-1997), and Grinnell College (2005-2007).
She has taught a variety of courses, including Renaissance Fantasies, Shakespeare, Spenser to Milton, Before the Novel, Fictions of the Caribbean, Non-Fictional Writing, Surrealism, Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama,Idols of Western Culture: The Mona Lisa, Hamlet, The Eiffel Tower, and Marilyn Monroe, and Lunatics, Lovers, and Poets.
She is the author of two books: Railing, Reviling, and Invective in Early Modern Literary Culture, 1588–1617, as well as Renaissance Fantasies: the Gendering of Aesthetics in Early Modern Fiction. She is currently working on a book-length project entitled “Fashioning Catherine of Aragon: Shaping theLegend of Henry VIII’s First Queen Consort, 1501–1630.” This project looks at competing representations of Catherine of Aragon during her lifetime–representations by supporters, by rivals, by prominent literary authors, and by Catherine herself in her letters. She has published essays on Boccaccio, Catherine of Aragon, Shakespeare, and Sir Philip Sidney.