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Robert Yongue Turner

Emeritus Professor of English

Robert Yongue Turner, Emeritus Professor of English, passed away on January 16, 2021, at The Quadrangle in Haverford, PA. He was 93.

A specialist on Renaissance drama, Turner received his B.A. at Princeton University and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. During his forty years at Penn, he received a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation in support of his scholarship. His central contribution to his field, Shakespeare’s Apprenticeship, was published in 1974 by the University of Chicago Press.

Professor Turner is survived by a cousin, Lillian J. Howland, of Gastonia, NC. The funeral and interment were private.


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Doctoral Dissertations Chaired


Barbara Riebling "The Drama of Counsel: Advice and Favor on the Tudor Stage"


Jacquelyn Savani "King Lear from the perspective of Ben Jonson's Satire"


Susan Blair "The Comedies of George Chapman: Saturnalian Progress to Self Knowledge"
Bruce Boehrer ""The Promiscuous Crowd": Representations of Incest in the Literature of the English Renaissance"


Sister Nuala Cotter "Thomas Dekker's Professional Skills of Characterization"


Don Z. Block "The Satiric Tragedies of Thomas Middleton"


Russ McDonald "A Study of Ben Jonson's Dependence upon Intrigue Comedy"


Patrick Buckridge "The Playful Drama of John Marston"


Ronald J Palumbo "The Distinctiveness of Marston's Dramatic Satire"
Keith D Slocum "Ben Jonson's dramatic craft: a study of point of view in Jonson's major plays"


George F Freije "The Complex Art of George Chapman: A Study of the Tragedies"

Courses Taught

spring 1996

ENGL 535.301 Ben Jonson  

fall 1995

ENGL 233.301 Renaissance Drama  

spring 1995

ENGL 101.001 Shakespeare  
ENGL 534.301 Jacobean Drama  

fall 1994

fall 1962

ENGL 135.001 Shakespeare (TV Course)