Jessica Lucille Becker
I graduated in 2015 from Wright State University with a double BA in English Literature (with Honors) and History, with a Minor in Classics. My English Literature Honors project discussed the relationship between Crusoe and Friday as subtle pederasty, a product of the cultural shifting away from acceptable court pederasty during the transition between the Stuart and Hanoverian monarchies. I wrote my senior thesis for History on the life and influence of Princess Elizabeth Stuart (1635-1650), which will be published in the forthcoming Amsterdam UP book Women on the Edge in Early Modern Europe. I continued my interested in Early Modern history and literature during my first MA program in English Literature at Wright State University (2016-2018) by reconsidering Shakespeare’s Lancelot as an ambassador character in Merchant of Venice. I am very excited to hone my research skills in history and literature at HiLi, and my current MA thesis focuses on the politics in Caroline lyric and hymn poetry that is currently considered non-political. After I complete the HiLi program, I hope to pursue a PhD in History with a focus on Early Modern Europe.