AboutRenaissance literature, English and other languages; intellectual and religious history; poetry and poetics from the Renaissance to the present.
EducationBA, CCNY; MA & PhD, Harvard U.
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Books: The Unrepentant Renaissance from Petrarch to Shakespeare to Milton (2011) – won the Robert Penn Warren-Cleanth Brooks Award for Literary Criticism — Resistant Structures: Particularity, Radicalism, and Renaissance Texts (1995); and Love Known: Theology and Experience in George Herbert’s Poetry (1983). Co-edited collections: Shakespeare and the Law: A Conversation Among Disciplines and Professions (with Bradin Cormack and Martha Nussbaum); Writing and Political Engagement in Seventeenth-Century England (with Derek Hirst); Religion, Literature and Politics in Post-Reformation England, 1540-1688 (with Donna Hamilton); The Theatrical City: Culture, Theatre and Politics in London, 1576-1649 (with David L. Smith and David Bevington); and The Historical Renaissance: New Essays in Tudor and Stuart Literature and Culture (with Heather Dubrow). Essays on Shakespeare, Donne, Luther, Montaigne, and Milton, on formalism and historicism, and on twentieth-century poetry and critical theory.
(NEH Seminar on King Lear,
ProjectsOn Shakespeare’s values; on Donne’s development.
Upcoming Talks and ConferencesMay, ’17 in Paris — on George Herbert and François de Sales.