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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities


Gender and Position-Taking in Henrician Verse: Translation, Transcription, and Tradition. Amsterdam University Press, 2023. (

“The Political Aesthetics of Anne Boleyn’s Queenship in Henry VIII, or All is True.” The Palgrave Handbook of Shakespeare’s Queens, eds. Valerie Schutte & Kavita Mudan Finn. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 271-293.

 “Education and Agency in The Miseries of Mavillia.” Explorations in Renaissance Culture 42.2 (Fall 2016): 190-211.

 “Domestic Economy and Domestic Security: The English Housewife and her Nation.” Appositions 9 (September 2016):

Reference Works and Blog Posts

“Margaret Douglas’s Verse-Fashioning in the Henrician Court.” The Court Observer: The Society for Court Studies Blog (February 2023):

“Elizabeth Jocelin.” The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women's Writing, Palgrave Macmillan, eds. Patricia Pender and Rosalind Smith. Forthcoming; proofs accepted

Selected Conference Presentations

“Rejecting Queenship, Challenging Monarchy? Margaret Douglas’s ‘Deathbed’ Complaint.” Seminar on “Women and Complaint.” Shakespeare Association of America, Minneapolis, MN, April 2023.

“Image-Making as Self-Preservation in Katherine Parr's Devotionals.” Renaissance Society of America, Digital Conference, April 2021.

“Sites of Irrationality in The Winter’s Tale.” Seminar on “Queer/Race/Global: Early Modern Crossings.” Shakespeare Association of America, Digital Conference, April 2021.

“Shakespeare as a Fandom.” College English Association, St. Petersburg, FL, April 2018.

“Re-inscription and Reclamation: Marginalia as Response to Appropriation in Huswifery Books.” Renaissance Society of America, New Orleans, LA, March 2018.

“A Woman’s Will: Margaret Douglas’s Subversive Work in the Devonshire Manuscript.” Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, IL, March 2017.

“What Henry Wrote: Henry VIII's Political Aesthetics and Their Legacy in Henry VIII, or All is True.” Seminar on “Political Aesthetics.” Shakespeare Association of America, New Orleans, LA, March 2016.

“Timeliness and Youth in the Devonshire Manuscript.” Modern Language Association, Austin, TX, January 2016.

“The King and His Queen: Henry VIII’s Verse and Katherine of Aragon as Center of the Chivalric Court.” European Conference on Arts and Humanities, International Academic Forum, Brighton, England, UK, July 2015.

“Teaching the Literature of the Early Renaissance.” College English Association, Indianapolis, ID, March 2015.


Rebecca M. Quoss-Moore, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the English department. Their research focuses on early modern gender, poetry and social historiographies; she teaches courses in early British literatures, early World literatures, and theory. Quoss-Moore earned their doctorate from the University of Arkansas in 2016 and served as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow before coming to UCO in 2018. 

Her first book, Gender and Position Taking in Henrician Verse: Tradition, Translation, and Transcription, was published in August 2023 by Amsterdam University Press. The project explores systems of communally created, coded position-taking in Henrician verse. Understanding these systems as an extensive network of production and reception in which women took on many roles allows for new readings of Henrician verse that emphasize the interpretive range available to contemporary reading and writing communities. This restoration demasculinizes our approach to Henrician verse not only through a more equitable consideration of gender’s functions in that social world but also in de-emphasizing individualized self-fashioning or authorial intent in favor of an engagement with communal production and shared sociopolitical engagement.  

Office Hours

  • 2-4 p.m., Monday
  • 9-9:55 a.m., and noon-12:55 p.m., Wednesday
  • 9-9:55 a.m., Friday 

Classes Taught

  • ENG 5743 Theoretical Approaches to Literature
  • ENG 5643 Theory and Methods of Cultural Study
  • ENG 5503 16th Century British Literature
  • ENG 5183 Restoration/18th Century British Literature
  • ENG 5123 Shakespeare: The Major Plays
  • ENG 5013 Approaches to Graduate Studies
  • ENG 5683/4683 Women in Literature
  • ENG 3263 Critical and Cultural Theory
  • ENG 3193 World Literature I
  • ENG 3013 Shakespeare
  • ENG 2543 English Literature to 1800
  • ENG 1213 English Composition and Research: Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • ENG 1213 English Composition and Research
  • ENG 1113 English Composition

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