Dr Rachel Stenner

Teaching Associate in Renaissance literature, University of SHeffield


Research Interests

Rachel's research draws on methods of book history to conduct historicised literary criticism that reads across period boundaries. Its current focus is on early modern print culture and the intersections of early modern and medieval literature. Currently, Rachel is completing her monograph, The Typographic Imaginary in Early Modern English Literature. This book is based on her doctoral research. In it, Rachel argues that when authors depict the print trade, they do so with shared techniques and they address a set of shared concerns. Alongside early printers’ manuals, Rachel considers the works of William Caxton, Robert Copland, William Baldwin, George Gascoigne, Thomas Nashe, Edmund Spenser, and Alexander Pope.



The Typographic Imaginary in Early Modern English Literature, monograph in preparation for Ashgate

EDited Volume

Chaucer and Spenser, co-edited with Tamsin Badcoe and Gareth Griffith for The Manchester Spenser, Manchester University Press (forthcoming 2016)


'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) 

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