Dr Rachel Stenner

Contact Dr Rachel Stenner

Room 4.04C
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

Internal extension: 20193
Tel: +44 (0)114-222-0193
email : rachel.stenner@sheffield.ac.uk


I have recently joined the School of English from the University of Bristol, where I was a Teaching Fellow and Research Associate in Early Modern Literature after finishing my PhD there in 2014. I hold a masters in English Literature from Bristol and one in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Kent, where I also did my BA. I have broad research and teaching interests in late medieval, early modern and postcolonial literature.


My doctoral research investigates print culture from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, specifically the ways that writers make the technology and milieu of printing into the subject of their imaginative works. I am interested in the shared aesthetic strategies that early modern writers use to talk about printing and what this can tell us about their ideas around the labour of writing, about textuality, technology, authorship, and cultural change. Blending book historical and literary critical methods, I work on authors including Geoffrey Chaucer, William Caxton, Robert Copeland, William Baldwin, Thomas Nashe, George Gascoigne, Edmund Spenser, Joseph Moxon, and Alexander Pope. Currently, I am revising this research for publication as a monograph by Ashgate in their series, Material Readings in Early Modern Culture. The book’s title is The Typographic Imaginary in Early Modern English Literature.

My research is also about the relationship between the medieval and the early modern periods and the continuities between their literatures. I am editing (together with Tamsin Badcoe and Gareth Griffith) a collection of essays that explores these issues through readings of the relationship between Chaucer and Spenser. A further project, that is in its early stages, is a study of the Tudor writer William Baldwin, author of, amongst other things, a book about speaking cats. This work on articulate felines has recently led my research into the growing field of early modern animal studies.



This year, I am teaching ‘Studying Prose’, ‘Critical Contexts’, ‘Renaissance Literature’, and ‘Genre’ to first and second years. I am also teaching MA students on the modules ‘Reconsidering the Renaissance’ and ‘The Early Modern Book’.



  • The Typographic Imaginary in Early Modern English Literature, monograph in preparation for Ashgate
  • Chaucer and Spenser, co-edited with Tamsin Badcoe and Gareth Griffith for The Manchester Spenser, Manchester University Press (forthcoming 2016)

Articles and Chapters

  • 'Strategies of Debate in Prefatory Dialogue', chapter in Conflict and Controversy, ed. Graeme Kemp (Brill Library of the Written Word, forthcoming 2017)
  • '"The Author Laughed in a Cat’s Voice": Early Modern Discourses of the Animal in William Baldwin’s Beware the Cat', chapter in Fallen Animals, ed. Áine Larkin and Zohar Hadromi-Allouche (New York: Lexington, forthcoming 2016)
  • ‘The Act of Penning in William Baldwin’s Beware the Cat’, article in Renaissance Studies, 30.3 (June 2016) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rest.12149/epdf


  • 'J. B. Lethbridge and Paul J. Hecht (eds.), Spenser in the Moment', Renaissance Studies, 2016 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rest.12233/full'
  • 'Andrew James Johnston, Russell West-Pavlov, and Elisabeth Kempf, eds., Love, History and Emotion in Chaucer and Shakespeare', The Spenser Review, spring 2016 http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/spenseronline/review/item/46.1.9/
  • The Village by Nikita Lalwani’, New Welsh Review, 100 (summer 2013)
  • The Shakespearean International Yearbook Volume 11 Special Issue, Placing Michael Neill: Issues of Place in Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture’, The Sixteenth Century Journal, 44.1 (spring 2013)
  • ‘Isam Babiker The Baobab’s Covenant With Rain’, Bristol Review of Books (Apr 2012)
  • ‘Geoff Mead Coming Home to Story: Storytelling Beyond Happily Ever After’, Bristol Review of Books (Dec 2011)