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Phebe Jensen

Phebe Jensen

Interim Department Head


Contact Information

Office Location:

Logan (RWST 201C)

IconPhone: (435) 797-1406

Educational Background


  • PhD - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 1995
  • MA - Bread Loaf School of English - 1986
  • BA - Middlebury College, Phi Beta Kappa - 1981


I am an early modernist who teaches courses in Shakespeare and English literature from 1500-1660, with occasional seminars in the history of the book and early modern science and medicine.  My early scholarship explored popular religion, popular culture, festivity, and the role of Catholics and Catholicism in the long Reformation, in a series of articles and a monograph, Religion and Revelry in Shakespeare’s Festive World (Cambridge, 2009).  My interest in the liturgical calendar eventually led me to work on early modern almanacs and popular science and medicine.  I’ve recently published a second book, Astrology, Almanacs, and the Early Modern English Calendar (Routledge, 2020), as well as two articles on early modern astrology: “Causes in Nature: Popular Astrology in King Lear” (Shakespeare Quarterly, 2018), and “Astrology and the Long Reformation: Doctor Faustus in Swadling Clouts” (Reformation, 2019, reprinted in England’s Long Reformation, Routledge, 2020).  My current book project, Shakespeare’s Astrology, explores the Christianized popular astrology of the annual almanacs, probing its representation in Shakespeare’s work and considering what astrology can tell us about early modern conceptions of the human body, the will, and the passions.