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Dr Anita Pacheco

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Professional biography

I was born and brought up in the United States and did my undergraduate work at George Mason University in northern Virginia. I came to the UK in the 1970s and did my MA and PhD at the University of York. I joined the English Department at the OU in 2002, after teaching at a number of English universities, including the University of Hull, the University of Manchester and the University of Hertfordshire.

Research interests

I am an early modern specialist with particular research interests in the Restoration. For the past few years my research has focused on the works of Aphra Behn, and I have written extensively on her plays and prose works, examining their relationship to contemporary political events, their gender politics, and the role of freethinking in her work. I am the author of William Shakespeare: Coriolanus in the Writers and Their Works series (Northcote House, 2007), the editor of A Companion to Early Modern Women’s Writing (Blackwell, 2002) and the co-editor (with John Stachniewski) of Grace Abounding with Other Spiritual Autobiographies (OUP, 1998).


Teaching interests

Since joining the OU, I have worked on numerous English Department modules. I designed and wrote the Level 1 short course A177 Shakespeare: An Introduction and produced a chapter on Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus for AA100 The Arts Past and Present. I chaired AA306 Shakespeare: Text and Performance for many years and co-authored (with David Johnson) a chapter on different versions of the Coriolanus story for the English MA. I chaired the Department’s flagship Level 2 module, A230 Reading and Studying Literature, in production and in its first two years of presentation. I also wrote three chapters of teaching material for A230 and co-edited (again with David Johnson) the first of three module books, The Renaissance and Long Eighteenth Century (co-published with Bloomsbury, 2012).

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Renaissance and Early Modern Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts


'Where Lies this Power Divine?': The Representation of Kingship in Aphra Behn's Early Tragicomedies (2015-09)
Pacheco, Anita
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 38(3) (pp. 317-334)

Festive comedy in the widdow ranter: Behn's clowns and Falstaff (2014-12-08)
Pacheco, Anita
Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700, 38(2) (pp. 43-61)

'"Little Religion" but "Admirable Morals": Christianity and Honor in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko' (2013-11)
Pacheco, Anita
Modern Philology, 111(2) (pp. 253-280)

'Swearing knaves and believing fools': false swearing in John Crowne's City Politiques (2006)
Pacheco, Anita
Restoration, 30(2) (pp. 21-37)

Reading Toryism in Aphra Behn's cit-cuckolding comedies (2004-11)
Pacheco, Anita
Review of English Studies, 55(222) (pp. 690-708)

Rape and the female subject in Aphra Behn's The Rover (1998)
Pacheco, Anita
ELH, 65(2) (pp. 323-345)

Royalism and Honor in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko (1994)
Pacheco, Anita
Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 34(3) (pp. 491-506)

William Shakespeare: Coriolanus (2007)
Pacheco, Anita
Writers and their Work
ISBN : 0-7463-1146-X | Publisher : Northcote House | Published : Tavistock, Devon

Teaching Behn's The Rover (2010)
Pacheco, Anita
In: Nelson, Bonnie and Burroughs, Catherine eds. Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. Modern Language of America Options for Teaching (pp. 364-372)
ISBN : 978-1-60329-083-8 | Publisher : Modern Language Association of America | Published : New York

Aphra Behn, The Rover, Part One (2002)
Pacheco, Anita
In: Pacheco, Anita ed. A companion to early modern women's writing. Blackwell companions to literature and culture (pp. 203-215)
ISBN : 631217029 | Publisher : Blackwell | Published : Oxford, UK

A companion to early modern women's writing (2002-06)
Pacheco, Anita
Pacheco, Anita ed.
Blackwells Companions to Literature and Culture
ISBN : 631217029 | Publisher : Blackwell | Published : Oxford, UK