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Simonetta, Rachael Deagman

Senior Instructor


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • Rachael Deagman Simonetta's research focuses on models of community building in medieval and early modern English literature.


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


courses taught

  • ENGL 2017 - World Genres
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Explores literary form and language in a wide range of cultures, introducing students to the global English literary tradition, comprising multiple lineages. Introduces students to poetry, narrative, drama, orality, media, digitality, and/or other genres drawn from diverse traditions, each locally historicized and contextualized.
  • ENGL 2102 - Literary Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    Provides a basic skills course designed to equip students to handle the English major. Emphasizes critical writing and the acquisition of basic techniques and vocabulary of literary criticism through close attention to poetry and prose.
  • ENGL 3000 - Shakespeare for Nonmajors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2021
    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 3006 - Digital Editions & Web Publishing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Introduces students to the theories and practices involved in making a scholarly edition. Students create their own digital editions and learn the requisite skills to publish scholarly research on the web.
  • ENGL 3106 - Introduction to Literary Study with Data Science
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Introduces students to the use of data science methods in literary criticism. This course explores how computers and data science methods can provide insight into literature while also developing the necessary coding skills to perform such analysis. Students will learn both to perform and to think critically about computationally-based literary scholarship.
  • 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 / Fall 2020
    Shakespeare's poetry and drama.
  • ENGL 3930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    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.
  • ENGL 4113 - History and Culture of Medieval England
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Explores the major historical, literary, and cultural developments in England from the Anglo-Saxon period through the 15th-century.
  • ENGL 4206 - Writing for the Real World
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    Trains students in advanced techniques of writing with a view toward 'real world' application''that is, usefulness after graduation. Emphasis on writing for a variety of audiences and techniques for achieving conciseness, clarity, expressiveness, logic, and appropriateness of diction and evidence. Readings include classic and contemporary writings about writing and exemplary professional essays from a variety of fields. Previously offered as a special topics course.
  • ENGL 4830 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Students accepted to English Departmental Honors are enrolled in this course.