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  • Tara Pedersen, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 2009
  • English
  • pedersen@uwp.edu
Biography
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, and Composition. Her research focuses on knowledge production in early England, and her book, _Mermaids and the Production of Knowledge in Early Modern England_, was published by Ashgate Press in 2015.
Teaching, Research/Creative & Consulting Interests

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

Publications
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

Courses Taught

Spring 2018

ENGL 317 BRITISH LITERATURE, 1500-1700
ENGL 101 COMPOSITION AND READING
ENGL 320 SHAKESPEARE
THEA 320 SHAKESPEARE

Fall 2017

ENGL 100 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH
ENGL 493 INTERNSHIP IN TEACHING LIT
ENGL 320 SHAKESPEARE
THEA 320 SHAKESPEARE
ENGL 112 WOMEN IN LITERATURE
WGSS 112 WOMEN IN LITERATURE

Spring 2017

ENGL 101 COMPOSITION AND READING
ENGL 101 COMPOSITION AND READING
ENGL 495 SEMINAR IN LITERATURE:
ENGL 320 SHAKESPEARE
THEA 320 SHAKESPEARE
ENGL 451 STUDIES IN LIT OR CULTURE:

Fall 2016

ENGL 100 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH
ENGL 100 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH
ENGL 100 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH
ENGL 320 SHAKESPEARE
THEA 320 SHAKESPEARE
ENGL 112 WOMEN IN LITERATURE
WGSS 112 WOMEN IN LITERATURE

Spring 2016

ENGL 316 BRITISH LITERATURE TO 1500
ENGL 317 BRITISH LITERATURE, 1500-1700
ENGL 100 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH
ENGL 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
ENGL 320 SHAKESPEARE
THEA 320 SHAKESPEARE

Fall 2015

ENGL 253 LITERATURE INTO FILM:
ENGL 320 SHAKESPEARE
THEA 320 SHAKESPEARE
ENGL 417 STUDIES IN BRITISH LITERATURE:

Spring 2015

ENGL 311 BRITISH DRAMA
THEA 311 BRITISH DRAMA
ENGL 320 SHAKESPEARE
THEA 320 SHAKESPEARE

Fall 2014

ENGL 216 BRITISH LITERATURE TO 1800
ENGL 167 INTRO TO LITERATURE
ENGL 320 SHAKESPEARE

Spring 2014

ENGL 101 COMPOSITION AND READING
ENGL 320 SHAKESPEARE
THEA 320 SHAKESPEARE
ENGL 112 WOMEN IN LITERATURE
WGSS 112 WOMEN IN LITERATURE

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