Phyllis Rackin, the author of numerous books discussing Shakespeare and literary theory through a feminist scope, and a mentor to countless scholars including some of Washington College’s own, will speak at the Rose O’Neill Literary House on April 4. A professor emeritus of English at the University of Pennsylvania, Rackin will close out this academic year’s Sophie Kerr Lecture Series. The event starts at 4:30 and is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing.
Rackin, a past president of the Shakespeare Association of America, mentored Kate Moncrief, professor of English and chair of Washington College’s Department of English, as well as assistant professor Courtney Rydel. She’s the author of numerous articles on Shakespeare and literary theory, and of four books: Shakespeare’s Tragedies (World Dramatists, 1978), Stages of History: Shakespeare’s English Chronicles (Cornell, 1990), Shakespeare and Women (Oxford, 2005), and, with Jean E. Howard, Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare’s English Histories (Routledge, 1997). She co-edited another book, The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays, with Evelyn Gajowski (Routledge, 2014).
A recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Rackin’s landmark accomplishments have been honored with the Phyllis Rackin Graduate Fellowship for Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities and the annual Phyllis Rackin Lecture hosted by the Penn Medieval/Renaissance Seminar.
For more information on this and other English Department and Sophie Kerr events, visit the website at https://www.washcoll.edu/departments/english/events.php. For more information on the Literary House, visit http://www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse/.