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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Rebecca Totaro

Rebecca TotaroProfessor
Literature and culture of early modern England
Phone: (239) 590-7180
Office: RH 211


  • BA - Whittier College
  • MA - Yale University
  • PhD - University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Areas: 16th and 17th Century Literature and Culture, Shakespeare, The Epic, Medical Humanities, Composition Pedagogy

Rebecca Totaro is Professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University and Editor of Cultural Inquiries in English Literature, 1400-1700 – an award-winning book series with Penn State University Press (formerly Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies, with Duquesne UP).

Recipient of the Monroe Kirk Spears Award from SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 for "Securing Sleep in Hamlet,” Totaro has served as a fellow and invited speaker at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. and as invited speaker at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Totaro is author/editor of five books on the premodern experience of plague and other complex disasters, including most recently, Meteorology and Physiology in Early Modern Culture: Earthquakes, Human Identity, and Textual Representation (Routledge, 2018).

                                                     Meteorology and Physiology in Early Modern Culture  Representing the Plague in Early Modern England  The Plague Epic in Early Modern England  

                                                                       The Plague in Print  Suffering in Paradise