Dr. Rebecca Yearling

Title: Lecturer in English
Phone: (+44) 01782 734282
Email: r.yearling@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB2.061
Role: School Academic Conduct Officer; Exams Officer for English
Contacting me: By email
Dr Rebecca Yearling

I studied English language and literature at Worcester College, Oxford University, and stayed on at Oxford to do an M.Phil and a D.Phil. I completed my doctorate on Renaissance drama in 2007 and then taught at the universities of Sussex and Bristol before coming to Keele in September of 2013.

My main research interests are in Renaissance literature, and particularly in the drama of that period.  My doctoral thesis explored the development of dramatic satire in the early years of the 17th century, looking at why dramatic satire was so popular at this time, how it worked on stage, and the kinds of relationships it established between playwrights and theatregoers. My monograph Ben Jonson, John Marston and Early Modern Drama: Satire and the Audience was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. I am now working on a new project on depictions of violence in Shakespeare.

I am interested in Renaissance satire, early modern drama on stage both in the Renaissance and in modern productions, Shakespeare on film, theatrical violence, and early modern psychology and medicine.  I also have interests in 20th century drama and in the works of Edmund Spenser. 

 

 

 

Selected Publications

  • Yearling R. 2016. 'The Poets' War Revisited'. Ben Jonson Journal: literary contexts in the age of Elizabeth, James, and Charles. doi>
  • Yearling R. 2016. Ben Jonson, John Marston and Early Modern Drama: Satire and the Audience. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Yearling R. 2016. 'Hamlet and the Limits of Narrative'. Essays in Criticism: a quarterly journal of literary criticism. doi>
  • Yearling R. 2013. Homoerotic Desire and Renaissance Lyric Verse. Studies in English Literature, vol. 53(1), 523-571. doi>
  • Yearling R. 2011. ‘Rivalry and Romance in Late Shakespeare.’. Essays in Criticism: a quarterly journal of literary criticism, vol. 61(3).

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Yearling R. 2016. Ben Jonson, John Marston and Early Modern Drama: Satire and the Audience. Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

  • Yearling R. 2016. 'The Poets' War Revisited'. Ben Jonson Journal: literary contexts in the age of Elizabeth, James, and Charles. doi>
  • Yearling R. 2016. 'Hamlet and the Limits of Narrative'. Essays in Criticism: a quarterly journal of literary criticism. doi>
  • Yearling R. 2013. Homoerotic Desire and Renaissance Lyric Verse. Studies in English Literature, vol. 53(1), 523-571. doi>
  • Yearling R. 2011. ‘Rivalry and Romance in Late Shakespeare.’. Essays in Criticism: a quarterly journal of literary criticism, vol. 61(3).
  • Yearling R. 2011. ‘John Marston, Stoic?: Marston’s Drama and the Early Modern Stoic Ideal.’. The Ben Jonson Journal, vol. 18(1), 85-100.
  • Yearling R. 2008. 'Marston’s Courtesan and Fawn: The Problem of Lust'. Cahiers Elisabethains: late medieval and renaissance English studies, vol. 74, 11-16.
  • Yearling R. 2007. 'Ben Jonson’s Late Plays and the Difficulty of Judgment.’. The Ben Jonson Journal, vol. 14(2), 192-205.
  • Yearling R. 2006. ‘John Marston’s What You Will and the War of the Theatres.’. The Ben Jonson Journal, vol. 13, 109-123.
  • Yearling R. 2005. ‘Florimell’s Girdle: Reconfiguring Chastity in The Faerie Queene.’. Spenser Studies: a Renaissance poetry annual, vol. 20, 137-144.

Chapters

  • Yearling R. 2011. 'Volpone on the Stage'. In Volpone A Critical Guide. A&C Black.

Modules I teach include Reading Literature, Playing Parts, The Age of Shakespeare and Donne, Shakespearean Stages and Shakespeare on Film. I also teach on the MRes Criticism, Analysis, Theory module, and on the MA in English Literatures Canon, Anti-Canon, Context. I am happy to discuss dissertation proposals on all aspects of Renaissance literature.