Rebecca L. Fall

Rebecca L. Fall is a doctoral candidate in English at Northwestern University. With the support of a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship and honorary Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship, she is presently completing a dissertation entitled “Common Nonsense: The Production of Popular Literature in Renaissance England,” which explores the “sociopoetic” functions of English nonsense writing between 1580 and 1700. Her broader research and teaching interests include the history of popular culture, gender and sexuality studies, digital humanities scholarship, history of the book, and manuscript studies. Her research has been supported by the Huntington Library (Francis Bacon Foundation Fellowship, 2015), the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities (2014-15), Northwestern University’s Graduate School (2014), and the Mellon Institute in English Paleography (2012). Her article on digital editorial practice and Mary Wroth’s manuscript circulation appears in Re-Reading Mary Wroth, edited by Naomi Miller, Katherine Larson, and Andrew Strycharski (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Beyond campus, she works as a PreAmble Scholar at the Tony Award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and volunteers as a tutor at Christopher House Avondale.