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I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research focuses on early modern literature, women's literacies, book history, and digital humanities.

 

For more about me, check out my CV here.

Mary Learner

Ph.D. Candidate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Email:

mlearner@live.unc.edu

 

Twitter:

@marylearner

EDUCATION
 
2013-Present

Doctorate Degree

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ph.D. in English Literature

Dissertation: Material Sampling and Patterns of Thought in Early Modern England

2010-2012

Master of Arts

University of South Carolina

M.A. in English Literature

2006-2010

Bachelor of Arts

University of South Carolina

Honors College

B.A. in English and Psychology

 
CURRENT PROJECTS
Material Sampling and Patterns of Thought in
Early Modern England

My dissertation project explores sampling as an epistemologial mode in the seventeenth century, and considers how samples and patterns are essential to material typically associated with women's literacies, but are also foundational to early Royal Society experiments.

Shakespeare and Early Modern Ballads: Seeking Resonances of the Popular

Ballads surrounded early modern people: broadsides with woodcuts hung over mantles in the home and on the walls of taverns, and neighbors, ballad hawkers, and friends sang familiar tunes. This project uses text analysis software to analyze short strings of matching text between ballads and Shakespeare's plays in an attempt to hear drama as a seventeenth century audience member might have. Check out a short video on the prototype of the digital edition I am developing here.

Syllabus Design Group

With PhD candidates Kenneth Lota and Anneke Schwob, and Dr. Rae Yan, I have been working on a collection of syllabi for undergraduate courses related to literature. To access our materials, click here.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
 
 

First-Year Composition

Shakespeare

Introduction to British Literature:
Medieval to 18th Century

 
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