Rebecca Nesvet’s Introduction

Hello! I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. For the Digital Mitford, I am editing Mitford’s fascinating banned play The Tragedy of Charles I. In dramatizing the Regicide and the founding of the Commonwealth, Mitford belongs to a long chain of imaginative writers, including Percy Bysshe Shelley (author of an unfinished Tragedy of Charles I) and modern playwrights Howard Brenton (55 Days) and Caryl Churchill (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire). I have articles published in journals including Prism(s): Essays in Romanticism, The Keats-Shelley Journal, Women’s Writing, The Review of English Studies, ABC (Romania), and Literature Compass, on such things as mythical Patagonian giants in Frankenstein and an eyewitness account of the Cypriot war that inspired Shakespeare’s Othello. With Rae Yan (Carolina Digital Humanities Institute Fellow, UNC-Chapel Hill), I am working on the first annotated digital edition of the “penny dreadful” author James Malcolm Rymer, inventor of Sweeney Todd. In 2012, I attended the International Conference in Romanticism at Arizona State University, where I won the Lore Metzger Prize for the best graduate paper, and learned about the Mary Russell Mitford Society. I have a website here.



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