Tara Pedersen, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor and Department Chair
  • Literature and Languages Department
  • Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 2009
  • PHONE: (262) 595-2331
  • EMAIL: pedersen@uwp.edu
Tara Pedersen


  • Early Modern Literature and Culture
  • Shakespeare
  • Epistemology
  • Embodiment
  • Gender and Sexuality
Tara E. Pedersen received her Ph.D. from The University of California at Davis. She teaches Shakespeare, literature surveys, courses in Early Modern literature, The Bible as Literature, Women and Literature, Literature of Science and Magic, Composition, and Advanced Composition (with a Health Humanities focus). Her research focuses on knowledge production in pre-modern England, and her book, _Mermaids and the Production of Knowledge in Early Modern England_, was published by Ashgate Press in 2015.

Teaching Interests

Renaissance/Early Modern literature and culture, epistemology studies, feminist theory, queer theory, embodiment, and the posthuman.

Research Interests

Tara E. Pedersen specializes in early modern literature and culture. Her research articulates connections between epistemology and ontology as it focuses on how literature participates in constructing categories of knowledge, especially categories related to sexuality, gender, and the boundaries of the human in early modern culture.

She is the author of _Mermaids and the Production of Knowledge in Early Modern England_, which investigates representations of the mermaid on the early modern stage, as well as "Bodies by the Book: Remapping Reputation in the Account of Anne Greene and Shakespeare's _Much Ado About Nothing_" in _Mapping Gendered Routes and Spaces in Early Modern England_. Her current projects explore animacy and its gradations in early modern England.

Consulting Interests

Selected Publications

2010: “We shall discover our Selves: Practicing the Mermaid’s Law in Margaret Cavendish’s _The Convent of Pleasure_” , Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal

ENGL 100 - Fundamentals of English
ENGL 201 - Advanced Composition
ENGL 204 - Writing for Business/Industry
ENGL 317 - British Literature, 1500-1700
ENGL 320 - Shakespeare
ENGL 451 - Studies in Literature/Culture:
ENGL 495 - Seminar in Literature:
ENGL 499 - Independent Study:
THEA 320 - Shakespeare
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