Assistant Professor of LiteratureRoot Hall 319
Stephanie Bahr specializes in drama and early modern literature. Her book project, Reading ‘Martyred Signs’: Reformation Hermeneutics and Literature, contends that the Reformation’s violent disputes about how to read the Bible had a formative influence on sixteenth-century literature across forms and genres, from Thomas Wyatt’s lyric poetry to Edmund Spenser’s allegorical epic and William Shakespeare’s commercial stage.
Bahr teaches Introduction to Shakespeare and Performing Revenge, which examines three cultures fascinated by the spectacle of vengeance: Ancient Greece, Renaissance England, and contemporary Hollywood. Her other teaching and research interests include: the intersections of medieval and Renaissance literature, print and manuscript culture, paleography, theology, Global Shakespeare, and film.
She received her bachelor's degree from Mount Allison University and her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.
When Bahr isn’t reading or teaching literature, she can usually be found at the theatre, riding her bike, or curled up with Netflix. She has strong feelings about coffee, cats and superheroes.
Recent Courses Taught
- “Titus Andronicus and the Interpretive Violence of the Reformation,” Shakespeare Quarterly, 2017.
- “‘Thy word stable’: Plainness, Reformation, and Hermeneutic Longing in the Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt,” SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900.
Appointed to the Faculty: 2017
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Mount Allison University