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Department of Language and Literature

Department of Language and Literature

Rebecca Totaro

Rebecca TotaroProfessor
Literature and culture of early modern England
Phone: (239) 590-7180
Office: RH 211

Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A. Yale University
B.A. Whittier College

Rebecca Totaro teaches literature and culture of early modern England, with an emphasis on writing produced in response to bubonic plague and other complex disasters. Recipient of the Monroe Kirk Spears Award from SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 for "Securing Sleep in Hamlet," Totaro is General Editor of Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies—a book series with Duquesne University Press. Serving on the editorial advisory boards for English Language Notes and Early Modern Studies Journal, and as a Council member of the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, she also is author and editor of several books. Among her recent articles are “The Meteorophysiology of the Curse in Shakespeare's first tetralogy” in English Language Notes (2013) and "Britomart's Meteorological Wound" in Archiv für das Studium der Neueren Sprachen und Literaturen (2013).

Totaro’s latest book--Meteorology and Physiology in Early Modern Culture: Earthquakes, Human Identity, and Textual Representation--grew out of a 2006-2007 Folger Institute on Renaissance health and healing in popular culture (dir. Mary Fissell); it is forthcoming from Routledge, as part of the Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture series (ed. Karen Raber).


Teaching-Related Videos:

Invitation to Barnes and Noble Novel Night, Fort Myers

  • Every second Tuesday at 7:30 pm, we meet to discuss a novel selected by the group. Please be in touch with Rebecca if you’d like more information and to join in the conversation.