Rachel Poulsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Rachel Poulsen
Predolin Humanities Center 330
(608) 663-3380


Rachel Poulsen joined the faculty of Edgewood College in 2006. Her research focuses on representations of women and eroticism in early modern drama, with an emphasis on comparative drama and performance. In addition to teaching widely in Renaissance literature, Rachel has taught drama surveys, mythology, epic poetry, world fiction in translation, LGBTQ fiction, women writers, and travel literature, among other topics. At Edgewood she has served as English Department chair and Honors Program Director, and has recently co-piloted a Global Studies course that culminates in short-term study abroad in Rome and Urbino, Italy.

Rachel Poulsen finds interest in researching the topics of Shakespeare, Early modern drama and performance, Comparative drama, Early modern literary and cultural studies, and Queer studies.

Rachel Poulsen has also taught the following courses...

ENG 481      Advanced Studies in English

ENG 477      Advanced Seminar: Renaissance Drama

ENG 377      Issues and Themes: Narratives of Travel and Adventure

ENG 361      Restoration and 18th-Century British Literature

ENG 360      Seventeenth-Century British Literature

ENG 359      Renaissance Literature

ENG 331B      Shakespeare

ENG 280      Introduction to Literary Study

ENG 276      Mythology

ENG 270      World Literatures in English: Studies in the Epic

ENG 270      World Literatures in English: Modern Classics of World Fiction

ENG 250      9/11 and the Novel

ENG 250      The Shakespeare Effect

ENG 250      Women and Mystery Fiction

ENG 236      Introduction to Drama: British Drama Survey

ENG 236      Introduction to Drama: American Drama since 1945

ENG/WGS 224      Literature and Gender: The LGBTQ Novel

ENG 222      Studies in Genre: Comedy and Satire

ENG/WGS 215      Women Writers

ENG 111/COR 1      Coming of Age in America

ENG 111/COR 1      Life Writing

ENG 110/H      College Writing/Honors College Writing