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Rebecca Cepek

Visiting Assistant Professor
McAnulty College of Liberal Arts
English

631 College Hall
Phone: 412.396.6427
cepekr@duq.edu

Education:

Ph.D., English Literature, Duquesne University, 2014
M.A., English Literature, Duquesne University, 2006
B.A., English, Point Park College, 2003
Bio

Dr. Rebecca Cepek joined the Duquesne English Department in the Spring 2015 semester. She received her PhD from Duquesne in May 2014, and specializes in medieval literature, with a particular focus on drama. At Duquesne, she teaches courses in the first-year writing program, though she has taught a broad range of courses, at Duquesne as a graduate student and as an adjunct at a variety of Pittsburgh-area post-secondary institutions.

Dr. Cepek's scholarly interests focus on the intersection between fiction and reality; specifically, how fictional narratives both affect and reflect lived reality. Her dissertation explored this junction through thorough analysis of medieval and early modern dramatic texts.

Presentations

"Poetic Mimesis, Poetic Warning: Robinson, Wordsworth, and Coleridge." Other Voices, Other Words: The Indeterminacy of Allusion, Graduate Student Conference, Duquesne University, 2007

"‘Into the lond of v[i]sion': Dis(re)placement in the Brome Isaac." Where the streets are re-named ... (dis)junctions 2008, 15th Annual Humanities Conference, University of California, Riverside, 2008

"‘Y am sorwe and sorwe is y': The Black Knight as the Narrator's Dream Self in Chaucer's Book of the Duchess." Rising Tides: Major and Minor Trends in English Studies, Graduate Student Conference, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2009

"Remembering the Virgin Mary: Resisting the Normative in Lewis's The Castle Spectre." The Sacred and the Secular in the Transatlantic Eighteenth Century ,East-Central American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conference, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 2009

Courses
  • Basic Principles of Composition

  • Business Communications I

  • Business Communications II

  • English Composition I

  • English Composition II

  • Honors English

  • Honors Inquiry II

  • Imaginative Literature and Critical Thinking

  • Introduction to Poetry

  • Oral Communications

  • Survey of British Literature

  • Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum