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Rebecca Hasler

Education and Experience

Rebecca is currently completing an AHRC-funded PhD on early modern prose pamphlets, which is titled ‘Profitability and Play in Urban Satirical Pamphlets, 1575–1625’. She is supervised by Professor Neil Rhodes. Rebecca previously studied at Durham University, where she obtained a first class BA in English Literature and an AHRC-funded MA in Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies. She was awarded the Raman Selden Prize for the best overall performance in her MA cohort. Rebecca is interested in questions of genre, comedy, and popular culture in early modern literature, and has worked on early modern plague writing and the dramatic representation of almanacs. In 2017, she gave the St Leonard’s Prize Research Lectures on the subject of ‘Fake News in Early Modern England’. She is also one of the co-organisers of Pamphleteering Culture, 1558–1702, a one-day conference to be held at the University of Edinburgh in September 2017.


EN2003 Mediaeval and Renaissance Texts


‘The Comic and the Apocalyptic in Shirley’s Drama’, in James Shirley and Early Modern Theatre: New Critical Perspectives, ed. Barbara Ravelhofer(Abingdon: Routledge, 2017), 32-47

Conference Papers

‘“To satisfie the Readers expectations”: Forming Genre and Guiding Interpretation in the News from Ireland Pamphlets (1608)’, CHINED VI, University of Sheffield (June 2017)

‘Exemplification and Sensationalism in Elizabethan News Reporting’, In the Light of Gloriana Conference, Gloriana Society (November 2016)

‘“Neither to forbeare Irish nor English”: Barnaby Rich’s Anglo-Irish Pamphleteering’, Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference, NUI Galway (August 2016)

‘Can Laughter Cure the Plague? Thomas Dekker’s Plague Pamphlets and Early Modern Comedy’, The Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting (March 2016)

‘Capital Sin: Denouncing Pride and Documenting London in Early Modern Pamphlets’, Cities and Citizens 17th-Century Studies Conference, Durham University (July 2015)

‘Thomas Dekker’s ‘mingled troop of strange discourses’: Plague Humour and Generic Hybridity in The Wonderfull Yeare’, Humour in Shakespeare’s Arcadia: Gender, Genre, and Wordplay in Early Modern Comedy, Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies (April 2015)

‘Making News in Early Modern Pamphlets’, Making Knowledge in the Renaissance, University of Liverpool (March 2015)



Becca Hasler



PhD student:
Early Modern Pamphleteering