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Phebe Jensen

Phebe Jensen



Contact Information

Office Location: RWST 302A
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 teaching 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 work, in a series of articles and a monograph (Religion and Revelry in Shakespeare’s Festive World, Cambridge, 2009), focused on popular religion, popular culture, festivity, and the role of Catholics and Catholicism in the long Reformation.  My interest in the liturgical calendar eventually led to a second book project on time-reckoning, Reckoning Time: Astrology, Almanacs, and the Early Modern English Calendar, forthcoming from Routledge.  I have also recently published two articles on 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, in a special edition on the Long Reformation edited by Alison Shell and David Loewenstein).  My current book project, provisionally titled Shakespeare’s Astrology, further 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.