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Simonetta, Rachael Deagman Instructor


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research overview

  • Rachael Deagman Simonetta's research focuses on models of community building in medieval and early modern English literature. Her book project, _Visualizing Virtue: Ethics and Edifice in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature_, examines how medieval writers represent community formation by likening conscience and sacramental practice to the built environment. She argues that a central medieval trope – ethical reflection as an architectural space – emerges in medieval England and then fundamentally transforms when the Reformation reduces the sacraments from seven to two and iconoclasts whitewash church walls and strip away the material fabric of buildings. Her forthcoming essay (Northwestern UP) argues that Shakespeare and Fletcher’s 'All is True' charts radical reformations, both in sacramental speech and in space.


  • medieval studies, Renaissance studies, Digital Humanities, poetry, drama, visual studies, architectural history, religious studies


courses taught

  • ENGL 3000 - Shakespeare for Nonmajors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Introduction to Shakespeare. Introduces students to 6-10 of Shakespeare's major plays. Comedies, histories, and tragedies will be studied. Some non-dramatic poetry may be included. Viewing of Shakespeare in performance is often required.
  • ENGL 3116 - Topics in Advanced Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Studies special topics in theory; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours different topics.
  • ENGL 3563 - Shakespeare
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Shakespeare's poetry and drama.
  • ENGL 3930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Provides academically supervised opportunity for upper-division students to work in public or private organizations on projects related to students' career goals and to relate classroom theory to practice. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: 3.0 GPA and faculty supervision.
  • ENGL 4039 - Critical Thinking in English Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Concerned with developments in the study of literature that have significantly influenced our conception of the theoretical bases for study and expanded our understanding of appropriate subject matter. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.