Rebecca Rush

Rebecca Rush

Assistant Professor; Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies Concentration

Bryan Hall 338-B

Office Hours: T/Th 1:45-3:15
Class Schedule: T/Th 9:30-10:45, 12:30-1:45



Ph.D. Yale University. 2017. 
B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2010.

Book Project

The Fetters of Rhyme: Liberty and Poetic Form in Early Modern England


  • “Licentious Rhymers: John Donne and the Late-Elizabethan Couplet Revival.” English Literary History 84.2 (Fall 2017): 529-558.
    • Awarded the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication
  • “Making Order in John Davies’s Orchestra.” Modern Philology 114.2 (November 2016): 243–63.
  • “‘Alle in generalle and nothing in specialle’: General and Special in Julian of Norwich’s Revelation of Love.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 115.1 (January 2016): 79–94.
  • “Authority and Attribution in the Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter.” Renaissance and Reformation 38.1 (Winter 2015): 57–81.
  • “Satan’s Mural Breaches: Transgression and Self-Violation in Paradise Lost.” Milton Studies 54 (2013): 107–35

Selected Presentations

  • “‘Let me but name her whom I do love’: Names, Pronouns, and Universality in Renaissance Lyric.” UNC-Chapel Hill Medieval-Renaissance Colloquium. 2019.
  • “Reading Form Historically: New Formalism and Renaissance Analogy.” Renaissance Society of America. 2017.
  • “Seeds of Ancient Liberty: The Late-Elizabethan Couplet Revival.” Renaissance Society of America. 2016.
  • “Spenser and the Sonnet of Association.” Yale British Studies Colloquium. 2015.
  • “Sweet Be the Bands: Freedom and Wedlock in Spenser’s Amoretti and Epithalamion.” Sixteenth Century Society Conference. 2014.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Faculty Summer Research Stipend. University of Virginia. 2019.
  • Faculty Summer Research Stipend. University of Virginia. 2018.
  • John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication. 2017.
  • Shoichi Noma Scholar. New York Public Library. 2017.
  • Robert M. Leylan Dean’s Scholar Award. Yale University. 2015.
  • H.P. Kraus Fellowship in Early Books and Manuscripts. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. 2014.