Stephanie Bahr

Stephanie Bahr
Stephanie Bahr

Assistant Professor of Literature

Root 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

Performing Revenge


Global Shakespeare

Shakespeare and Film

The Medium is the Message: Reading Poetry in Print and Manuscript, 1300-1600

Public Play: Performance in England, 1350-1647

Drama in Dialogue: from Ancient Greece to the 21st Century


Honors and awards:

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship 2020-2021

Select Publications

  • “On the Discovery of ‘A Sonet in the commendation of Sir Thomas More Knyght’: Memory, Martyrdom, and Poetry,” Moreana, forthcoming December 2020
  • “‘Ne spared they then to strip her naked all’: Reading, Rape, and Reformation in Spenser’s Faerie Queene,” Studies in Philology, Spring 2020
  • “How I Read, or ‘San Francisco Banking Contains No Trans-fats,’” How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound, Edited by Suzanne Akbari and Kaitlin Heller, Punctum Press, 2019
  • Titus Andronicus and the Interpretive Violence of the Reformation,” Shakespeare QuarterlyShakespeare Quarterly, vol 68, no 3, Fall 2017, pp 241–270

Appointed to the Faculty: 2017

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Mount Allison University


Reading 'Martyred Signs': Reformation Hermeneutics and Literature
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