Brice Peterson


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I encourage students to connect what we study in the classroom to their personal and professional lives. Additionally, I am committed to bringing interdisciplinary approaches to my classes. I have been the recipient of teaching awards from the Penn State College of Liberal Arts (2019 Denise Haunani Solomon Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Students) and Department of English(2019 PhD Candidate Excellence in Teaching Award).


I study early modern British literature, specifically the ways that religion, medicine, gender, and genre intersect in poetry and drama. My current research includes my first book project, “Patterns of Regeneration in Early Modern English Literature,” which surveys a surprisingly understudied subgenre of religious treatises to show how the doctrine of spiritual rebirth informed early modern English literature on a wide scale. I am also working on two articles. The first investigates how Chaucer in “The Pardoner’s Tale” uses medical practice to reconcile the Pardoner’s moral narrative with his own debased morality. And the second examines how Christopher Marlowe in Doctor Faustus explores the type of living a damned person might sustain since Calvinist theologians considered the reprobate as already “dead.”

Selected Publications

  • “Aemilia Lanyer, Edmund Spenser, and the Literary Hymn,” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 15, no. 2 (2021): forthcoming. (word count: 10,400)
  • “‘Pricking on the Plaine’: Romance and Recursive Regeneration in The Faerie Queene, Book I,” Studies in Philology 118, no. 1 (2021): forthcoming. (word count: 11,414)
  • “George Herbert’s Literary Career as a Holy Laureate,” in Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 59, no. 1 (2019): 113-34.
  • “Pregnancy and Anxiety: Medicine, Religion, and the Occult in Cotton Mather’s The Angel of Bethesda,” in American Literature and the New Puritan Studies, ed. Bryce Traister (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 126-41.


My investment in students extends beyond the classroom; I am dedicated to mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students in their coursework, research, and career development.

Citizenship assignments

  • 2020 – Peer Reviewer, Literature and Medicine (Johns Hopkins University Press)
  • 2020 – Faculty Mentor, “Conjuring the Past”: Undergraduate Conference, Penn State
  • 2019 – Judge, Undergraduate Exhibition, Penn State
  • 2018-20 – Coordinator, American Shakespeare Center performance, Penn State
  • 2018-19 – Supervisor, Liberal Arts Internship (LA 495), Penn State