Rebecca Steinberger, Ph.D., of West Pittston, department chair and professor of English at Misericordia University, has published her third book, a collection of essays entitled, “Encountering Ephemera 1500-1800: Scholarship, Performance, Classroom.” The book is a guide for teaching ephemeral matters in the modern college classroom.
The idea for the volume came from a discussion during a scholarly conference in 2004 on the need for tools to help make scholarship from the 16th , 17th and 18th centuries and earlier relatable to students in the technology-driven 21st century.
The book, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, includes 10 essays edited by Dr. Steinberger and Joshua B. Fisher. Topics include teaching monumental texts in the digital age and teaching Shakespeare with ballads.
Dr. Steinberger joined the Misericordia University faculty in 2000 and was appointed chair of the Department of English in 2008. Her specializations include Shakespeare, Irish Studies, British Literature and Theatre in Performance.
Dr. Steinberger’s previously published books are “Shakespeare and Twentieth-Century Irish Drama: Contextualizing Identity and Staging Boundaries,” and “The Renaissance Literature Handbook,” an edited collection of essays and resources for students and teachers of Renaissance literature.
She is currently working on her fourth book, a study of terror as a thematic thread through British literature, tentatively entitled, “Panic on the Streets of London: Cultural Conflict in the City.”
Steinberger received her bachelor’s degree in English from Wilkes University and her master’s in English with a concentration in Medieval and Renaissance drama and Irish literature from The University of Scranton. She holds a Ph.D. in English literature and criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.