Lyn Bennett

Professor and Department Chair

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Phone: 902-494-6873
Mailing Address: 
Room 1192, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
PO BOX 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Textual studies
  • Early Modern literature
  • Gender studies
  • Rhetoric
  • Health and literature


  • BA, MA (Dal)
  • MA (Carleton)
  • PhD (Dal)


When she's not busy teaching, Lyn Bennett spends her time doing research on rhetoric and early modern writing. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, she has published two monographs on rhetoric and women’s writing, most recently her SSHRC-funded Rhetoric, Medicine, and the Woman Writer, 1600-1700 (Cambridge UP, 2018). Her work also appears in publications as diverse as Genre, Christianity and Literature, and the Journal of Medical Humanities. As Co-Investigator with Dr. Edith Snook of the University of New Brunswick, and with the support of a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, she is currently working on Early Modern Maritime Recipes, a database of recipes and medical remedies.

Selected Publications

  • Rhetoric, Medicine, and the Woman Writer, 1600-1700. (Cambridge UP, 2018).
  • “Cultural Representations.” The Cultural History of Hair 1450-1650. Ed. Edith Snook. (Bloomsbury, 2019).
  • “Women, Writing, and Healing: Illness, Rhetoric, and Religion in An Collins, ‘Eliza,’ and Anna Trapnel.”  Journal of Medical Humanities 36 (2015): 157-70.
  • “Meditation and Rhetoric in ‘The Discourse’,” The Image of Her Mind: An Collins and the Historical Imagination (Ashgate 2014).
  • "Negotiating the Public and the Private: Rhetoric and Women's Poetry in Interregnum England."  Rhetor 4 (2011).
  • “Presence and Professionalism: The Critical Reception of Edith Wharton,” Edith Wharton and Material Culture (U of Alabama P, 2005).
  • Women Writing of Divinest Things: Rhetoric and the Poetry of Pembroke, Wroth, and Lanyer (Duquesne UP, 2004).
  •  “Boundaries and Frontiers: The Rhetoric of Interdisciplinarity in Literary Studies,” Genre 37.3/4 (2004).
  • “‘Written on my tainted brow’: Woman and the Exegetical Tradition in The Tragedy of Mariam,” Christianity and Literature 51.1 (2001).


  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Co-Investigator, 2016
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2011
  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002-04
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship 1999-2002
  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship 1999-2002
  • Eliza Ritchie Doctoral Scholarship, 1998-2002
  • Carleton University Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement