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Martha Rainbolt

Professor Emerita of English Martha Rainbolt taught Early Women Writers and a senior seminar called “Toward a Women’s Literary History: Studies in Finch, Austen, and Woolf,” as well as Shakespeare, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature, and a special course on the British Baroque, in her long years of service to DePauw. Her many professional activities have included such topics as Sappho’s influence on 17th and 18th century British women poets; women’s friendship in contemporary fiction; humor in the 18th century; and Aphra Behn. She is coeditor of On the Contrary: Essays by Men on Women. She was instrumental in shaping the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, where she served as faculty program coordinator for 5 years. She has also served as Chair of the English department, Chair of the Faculty, and on every major committee known to person. Martha is a founding member of Women’s Studies at DePauw.