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Brice Peterson

Brice Peterson

English Graduate Assistant

201 Burrowes Building, Cub J

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2019: R 10:30–12:00p, F 3:30–5:00p; or by appt.


  1. B.A. English, Russian, Brigham Young University, 2013
  2. M.A. English, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015
  3. Ph.D. English, The Pennsylvania State University, anticipated 2019

Professional Bio

Brice is a PhD candidate studying early modern literature. His research investigates the literary intersections between medicine and religion. Additionally, his research attends to literary representations of the body, sensation, generation, and regeneration. His recent publication include “George Herbert’s Literary Career as a Holy Laureate” (forthcoming in Studies in English Literature, 1500–1900) and “Pregnancy and Anxiety: Medicine, Religion, and the Occult in Cotton Mather’s The Angel of Bethesda” (American Literature and the New Puritan Studies, Cambridge UP, 2017).

His dissertation, entitled, “Regeneration in Early Modern England: Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton,” explores how the doctrine of regeneration or spiritual rebirth fueled literary production and imagination in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England. He charts an understudied religious discourse generated by dozens of treatises on the topic of rebirth. In particular, he examines how poets and dramatists draw upon early modern regeneration discourse to explore issues concerning genre, society, politics, epistemology, phenomenology, and physiology.

Brice enjoys teaching at Penn State. He has recently taught “The Literary Development of Humor” (CMLIT 105) and “The Short Story: Bodies and Embodied Selves” (ENGL / CMLIT 184). He has also taught numerous sections of Rhetoric and Composition (ENGL 015) and Business Writing (ENGL 202D) on University Park campus, as well as Penn State World Campus Online.

Brice has received grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities, The Folger Institute, and The Shakespeare Association of America. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Milton B. Dolinger Graduate Fellowship. His writing has received awards from The South-Central Renaissance Conference, Ohio State’s Medieval Renaissance Graduate Conference, and Penn State’s Committee for Early Modern Studies.

Areas of Specialization

Renaissance Literature
with particular interest in the literary intersections between medicine and religion, particularly with respect to the body, sensation, generation, and regeneration.