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Rebecca Totaro

Rebecca TotaroProfessor and English Program Coordinator
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, Magna Cum Laude

Rebecca Totaro specializes in the literature and culture of early modern England, with an emphasis on writing produced in response to bubonic plague and other natural 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, Totaro 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). Her current book project, which grew out of a 2006-2007 Folger Instutitute on vernacular health and healing (dir. Mary Fissell), is nearly complete and is currently titled The Elizabethan Earthquake: Imagination, Geology, Literature, and the Threat of Radical Trembling.