Dr. Paul Hecht

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Paul Hecht

Associate Professor of English

First Year Experience Program Coordinator

PNC Theatre Program Director

Technology Building 325
Ext. 5296

B.A., Amherst College, 1996 (English)
M.A., Cornell University, 1999 (English)
M.F.A., Cornell University, 1999 (Poetry Writing)
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2004 (English)


Began at Purdue North Central

Courses Taught Recently
ENGL 10100 English Composition I
ENGL 10200 English Composition II
ENGL 22100 Intro to Shakespeare
ENGL 23700 Intro to Poetry
ENGL 24000 Survey of British Literature: From the Beginnings Through the Neoclassical Period
ENGL 24100 Survey of British Literature: From the Rise of Romanticism to the Modern Period
ENGL 26600 World Literature I: From the Beginnings to 1700
ENGL 37700 Major Modern Poetry
ENGL 44200 Shakespeare
ENGL 44400 Milton’s Major Poetry
GS 19100 Freshman Year Experience I
THTR 34800 Dramatic Performance in Context

Research Interests
I am currently at work on a book project, titled “What Rosalind Likes: Elizabethan Poetic Evaluation.”  I am co-editing, with J.B. Lethbridge (Universität Tübingen), a new collection of essays on the poet Edmund Spenser, due out from Fairleigh Dickinson University Press in 2015.

I also regularly review books on Renaissance literature and local performances of early modern drama.

Recent Publications

Paul J. Hecht, “Rosalind and Wroth:  Tyranny and Domination,” in Mary Wroth and Shakespeare, ed. Marion Wynne-Davies and Paul Salzman (New York: Routledge, 2014), 115-24.

Paul J. Hecht, “Distortion, Aggression, and Sex in Mary Wroth’s Sonnets,” SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 53, no. 1 (2013):  91-115.

Paul J. Hecht, “Letters for the Dogs: Chasing Spenserian Alliteration,” Spenser Studies 25 (2010): 263–85.

Paul J. Hecht, “Theatre and Testimony in Shakespeare’s England: A Culture of Mediation, by Holger Schott Syme,” forthcoming in Clio, 2015.

Paul J. Hecht, “Spenser’s International Style by David Scott Wilson-Okamura,” Renaissance Quarterly 67, no. 4 (Winter 2014): 1462–63.

Paul J. Hecht, “On ‘The Poetry of The Faerie Queene,’” Spenser Review 43, no. 2.22 (Fall 2013), available here.

Paul J. Hecht, “Romeo Juliet, by the Hypocrites,” Shakespeare Bulletin 31, no. 1 (2013): 104–6.

Recent Presentations

“Learning to Let Go,” as part of a panel I organized, with Catherine Nicholson and Matthrew Harrison, “Bad Spenser,” at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference, New Orleans, October, 2014.

“”Down on your knees”: Literary-Evaluative Rosalinds in Spenser and Shakespeare,” at the Renaissance Society of America, New York, March 2014.

“Shakespeare’s Unpastoral Sonnets: The Case of 73,” seminar paper in “Knowing Language in Shakespeare Poems,” at the Shakespeare Association of America, Toronto, March, 2013.

“Negative Aesthetics: Rosalind, Adorno, and the Shepheardes Calender,” in panel sponsored by Spenser at Kalamazoo, 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May, 2012.