Michelle Sayset completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in English Literature at Illinois State University. She has taught Literature and Composition at Columbia College since 1999. She has helped to develop two of the Composition II: Community Service courses currently offered at Columbia: Writing Women Safe and Environmental Concerns. In May of 2003, she, along with Amy Hawkins, was awarded the Columbia College Provost's Service-Learning Fellowship for creating a Composition II class in which students not only read and write about the issue of violence against women, but they also assist survivors of violence at a Southwest Chicago shelter for women.
Michelle has presented papers on Shakespeare and Feminist Theory at the International Sixteenth Century Studies Conference and Women's Studies Symposiums at Illinois State University . Her most recent papers were titled, "' Ill met by the moon': Sexual Slavery and the Repression of Women's Homoerotic Desires in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream " and "'Her speech is nothing': Ophelia's Language of Madness in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark . "
Michelle's areas of interest and research include: Rhetoric and Composition; Pedagogy in the composition classroom; Cultural studies in the Medieval period and sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; Renaissance texts, both domestic and canonical, including Shakespeare; Environmental Studies; Women's Studies; Queer and (Eco)Feminist Theory.
For fun, she admits she is a Renaissance Faire going "geek" and she enjoys practicing yoga and kickboxing.
Office Location: English Department, Room 531, 33 E. Congress
Office Phone: 312-369-8202
Department of English
Columbia College of Chicago
600 So. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605