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Claire M. L. Bourne

Assistant Professor of English

Office: 123 Burrowes Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Office Hours:

  • { SPRING 2018 }
  • Tu 10 a.m. to noon
  • Th 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • & by appointment


  1. PhD, English, University of Pennsylvania (2013)
  2. MSt, English Literature (1550-1780), University of Oxford (2006)
  3. BA, English & French, Middlebury College (2004)

Professional Bio

I joined the English Department at Pennsylvania State University in Fall 2016 to teach early modern literature, Shakespeare, and the history of the book.

I am completing a monograph entitled Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England, which studies typographic experimentation and convention in plays printed between the early sixteenth and early eighteenth centuries. In chapters about special characters (¶, ☞, ❧, &c), punctuation (—, [ ], ✻, &c), scene division, and illustration, I focus on the difficulties and creativity involved in remediating performance into readable matter and argue for the vitality of mise-en-page to our understanding of how plays by Marlowe, Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher, Shakespeare, Dryden, and others were performed, published, and read in the period. The book is an extension of my dissertation, which was awarded the J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize in 2013 by the Shakespeare Association of America. I have received support for this project from the Folger Shakespeare Library (long-term fellowship, 2014-15), the Bibliographical Society of America (Katharine Pantzer Fellowship in the British Book Trades, 2015-16), Virginia Commonwealth University's Humanities Research Center (residential fellowship, Spring 2016), and the Huntington Library (Francis Bacon Foundation Short-Term Fellowship, 2016-17).

My work has been published or is forthcoming in English Literary RenaissancePapers of the Bibliographic Society of AmericaShakespeare Bulletin, Shakespeare, SHARPNews, and edited collections on Christopher Marlowe at the intersection of print and performance; Shakespeare in print after 1642; and early modern marginalia. I am also editing Fletcher and Massinger's The Sea Voyage for a new Routledge anthology of Renaissance drama.

I have taught courses on William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, drama on page and stage, adaptation, and the histories and practices of reading. My pedagogy is deeply informed by the methods of book history, and as such, my courses tend to integrate materials and expertise from the university's Special Collections Library.

Areas of Specialization

Renaissance Literature
with particular interest in early modern drama; Shakespeare; book history; bibliography; typography; theater history; performance studies
Book History and Textual Studies
with particular interest in early modern drama; Shakespeare; book history; bibliography; typography; theater history; performance studies