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Rebecca Fiske

Professor Rebecca Fiske

Faculty in Memoriam



Areas of Specialization

  • Critical and Literary Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Corruption Theory
  • Digital Humanities
  • Hermeneutics
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Religion and Culture

Favorite/Regular Courses Offered

  • Literature of the Bible
  • Religion and Literature
  • Hermeneutics and the Hebrew Bible
  • From Metatron to Mephistopheles: The Personification of Good and Evil in the Abrahamic Tradition
  • The First Book of Moses Lecture Series
  • Personification of Good and Evil Lecture Series
  • Psychology and Literature
  • British Romantic Literature and Theory
  • Critical and Literary Theory
  • Creativity and the Unconscious
  • Walter Benjamin and the Frankfurt School
  • Homo Sacer: The Monster in Literature
  • One in One Hundred: Incarceration in America


PhD, State University of New York, Albany
MAT in English, Smith College
BA in Literature, Bennington College

In addition to her teaching at Simon's Rock, Dr. Fiske served as the Dean for New Students and the Director of the Win Commons. She was the founding director of Berkshire Learning Services, an organization devoted to supporting the education of gifted adolescents. Her research interests were in Walter Benjamin Studies, Trauma Theory, Corruption, and Hermeneutics. Dr. Fiske taught at Simon's Rock from 1986-2018.


Selected Publications

  • Re-envisioning Walter Benjamin: The Constellation of Awakening, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. Forthcoming.
  • “Surveillance in the State of Emergency” in Ethical Issues and Citizen Rights in the Era of Digital Government Surveillance, ed. Cropf and Bagwell, Global Publishing. 2015.
  • “Ancient Democracy and the Modern Era” in Corruption in the Contemporary World, ed. Mendilow, Lexington Books. 2014.
  • “Corruption and the Fatal Power of Envy: Revisiting The Classical Republican Tradition” in Studies of Changing Societies, Ukraine. 2013.
  • Sacred Signification and the Crisis of Truth in Journal of Literature and Belief, Brigham Young University. 2012.
  • Generations Y and Z Drash Alpha and Omega in Educating Outside the Lines: Bard College at Simon's Rock on a New Pedagogy for the Twenty-First Century, Peter Lang Publishing. 2011.
  • After the Aftermath in The Rougarou Literary Journal, University of Louisiana. 2010.
  • Penny Candy in Moronic Ox Cultural and Literary Journal. 2010.