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Martha Rainbolt

Martha Rainbolt, Professor Emerita of English (now teaching part-time), has 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. 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. She is a founding member of Women’s Studies at DePauw.