Rachel Prusko, PhD, MA, BA

Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept


Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept



I'm an early modernist, with a research focus on Shakespeare and his contemporaries; I research and teach in the field of children's literature as well. I'm an Edmontonian born and raised, but spend plenty of time south of the border, as most of my family is scattered across the U.S. I've been teaching university English courses since 2000, beginning at Grant MacEwan University and then moving to North Hennepin College in Minnesota. I returned to the University of Alberta in 2010 to pursue my PhD, and have been happily studying and teaching here ever since. When I'm not working, I can usually be found at the barn, hanging around with my kids and our horses. 


My research focuses on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as children's literature. Recent publications include: 

"'A Prince so Young as I': Agequeerness and Marlowe's Boy King." Queering Childhood in Early Modern English Drama and Culture, edited by Jennifer Higginbotham and Mark Johnston. Palgrave, 2018, pp. 195-214.

“Queering the Reader in Peter and Wendy.” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 4.2 (2012): 107-25.

“’Who hath got the right Anne?’: Gossip, Resistance, and Anne Page in Shakespeare’s Merry Wives.” The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays, edited by Evelyn Gajowski and Phyllis Rackin. Routledge, 2014.  

“Young Widowhood in The Duchess of Malfi.” The Duchess of Malfi: Webster’s Tragedy of Blood Anatomized Anew, edited by William C. Carroll and Pascale Drouet, Belin/Humensis, 2018, pp. 97-109.

“Youth and Privacy in Romeo and Juliet.” Early Theatre: A Journal Associated with the Records of Early English Drama 19.1 (June 2016): 113-36.


I teach a range of first-year literature and writing courses. At the senior level in English I teach Shakespeare, non-Shakespearean early modern drama, sixteenth-century texts, children's literature, and reading histories. 


ENGL 102 - Introduction to Critical Analysis

Introduces methods of critical analysis through a range of literature written in English, broadly conceived, from different historical periods and cultural locations. Not to be taken by students with *6 in approved junior English.

ENGL 199 - English for Engineering Students

This course aims to develop the student's ability to provide effective written and oral information. It will focus on instruction in fundamental writing skills, including building effective sentences and paragraphs, and on learning to communicate clearly across a range of genres and media used in academic and professional contexts, including correspondence and presentations. Students will be introduced to the principles of information gathering, analysis, and citation. Note: Restricted to students in the Faculty of Engineering only.

ENGL 299 - Essay Writing for Education Students

This course, designed to increase the student's ability to write effective essays, emphasizes the study of grammar, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph structure. The study of models of prose style is integrated with frequent practice in writing. ENGL 299 is not a remedial course. Note: Restricted to students in the Faculty of Education. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101.

ENGL 387 - Youth Cultures

The study of the cultures of young people which may include literature, television, digital cultures, and other media formats. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101 or 102.

ENGL 388 - Children's Literature

Studies in print and oral texts, including picture books, historical, critical and theoretical approaches to literature for young people. Content and period focus may vary. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101 or 102.

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