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Rosenberg Professor of Humanities: Margreta de Grazia
November 13, 2007, Volume 54, No. 12



Dr. Margreta de Grazia, professor of English, has been named the inaugural Sheli Z. and Burton X. Rosenberg Professor of the Humanities. A noted Shakespearean scholar, Dr. de Grazia has taught at Penn since 1983. She previously held the Clara M. Clendenen Term Chair in English and the Joseph B. Glossberg Term Professorship in the Humanities. Dr. de Grazia also formerly served as the graduate chair in the department of English and, in 2003, she won the Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching, the School’s highest teaching distinction.

Dr. de Grazia’s research interests include Shakespeare as a historical and cultural phenomenon, early modern notions of subjectivity and authorship, the production and ownership of early modern texts and the periodizing of literary history. Her books include Shakespeare Verbatim and Hamlet without Hamlet. She has also co-edited the New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies and Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture, the latter with Maureen Quilligan, a former Penn English professor, and Peter Stallybrass, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and professor of English. She is currently working on a book, Five Period Pieces from the English Renaissance, which analyzes forms of organizing time in the period known as the “long sixteenth century” that have eluded modern and postmodern periodizing schemes.

Dr. de Grazia’s scholarship has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center and the Guggenheim Foundation. Before coming to Penn, she taught at the University of New Mexico and at Georgetown University. Dr. de Grazia earned her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College. She received her PhD in English, with a specialization in Renaissance literature, from Princeton University.

The Sheli Z. and Burton X. Rosenberg chair recognizes a top teacher-scholar in the humanities. It was established by Burton X. Rosenberg, C ’63, a partner in the Chicago law firm Seyfarth Shaw, and his wife Sheli Rosenberg, co-founder and president of the Center for Executive Women at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University. The Rosenbergs are also among the donors of the Glossberg Term Chair, which Dr. de Grazia previously held.



Almanac - November 13, 2007, Volume 54, No. 12