Arthur Marotti

Arthur Marotti

Professor Emeritus
Director, WSU Emeritus Academy


313-577-8618 (fax)

Room 300, Tierney Alumni House, 5510 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Curriculum vitae

Arthur Marotti



Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  •  16th and 17th century English lyric poetry; manuscript poetry of early modern England; early modern English Catholicism and religious controversy


 (with Steven W. May) an edition of are or unique poems in early modern English manuscripts


  • Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University (1965)

Awards and grants


    Distinguished Visiting Scholar, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies,

                    November, 2013.

            National Endowment for the Humanities (9-month) Fellowships, 2000 and 2005-6

            American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1988-89

            John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1975-76

            Grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (U.S. Dept.

                    of Education) ($210,000) for Faculty and Student Exchange with two Brazilian

                     Universities (2002-2007)—Co-P.I. with Renata Wasserman

            “Complementary” Grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary

            Education (U.S. Dept. of Education) ($50,000) for Faculty and Student

            Exchange with three Brazilian universities (2007-9)—Co-P.I. with Renata


            Wayne State University Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award, 2000

            Charles Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, Wayne State U., 1995-97

            Wayne State Board of Governors' Faculty Recognition Awards, 1988, 1996, 2006

            Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins Humanities Center, 1970-71

Selected publications


Scholarly monographs:

        Religious Ideology and Cultural Fantasy: Catholic and Anti-Catholic Discourses in

                 Early Modern England (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005)

        Manuscript, Print, and the English Renaissance Lyric (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1995).

        John Donne, Coterie Poet (Madison and London: University of Wisconsin                                                Press, 1986) (reprinted with new Preface, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2008).

(with Steven W. May) Ink, Stink Bait, Revenge, and Queen Elizabeth: A Yorkshire

        Yeoman’s Household Book (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2014)


Edited and co-edited books:

        (Editor) New Ways of Looking at Old Texts VI (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for

     Medieval and Renaissance Studies for the Renaissance English Text Society,


        (Co-edited with Chanita Goodblatt) Religious Diversity in Early Modern English Texts:

                 Catholic, Judaic, Feminist, and Secular Dimensions (Detroit, MI: Wayne

                State University Press, 2013)

        (Co-edited with Ken Jackson) Shakespeare and Religion: Early Modern and Postmodern

                Perspectives (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2011).

        (Co-edited with Ronald Corthell, Frances Dolan and Christopher Highley) Catholic

                Culture in Early Modern England (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press,


         (Co-edited with Michael Bristol) Print, Manuscript, and Performance: The Changing                               Relations of the Media in Early Modern England (Columbus: Ohio State University

               Press, 2000)                                

        Catholicism and Anti-Catholicism in Early Modern English Texts (Basingstoke,

                Hampshire: Macmillan Publishers and New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999).                  

        (Co-edited with Cedric C. Brown) Texts and Cultural Change in Early Modern England                       (Macmillan/St. Martins Press, 1997).

        Critical Essays on John Donne (New York: G.K. Hall,1994).

        (Co-edited with Renata R. Mautner Wasserman, Jo Dulan, and Suchitra Mathur) Reading                             with a Difference: Gender, Race, and Cultural Identit (Detroit, MI: Wayne State

                University Press,1993).


  Selected articles and book chapters (2002-present):

        (with Steven W. May) “Manuscript Culture: Circulation and Transmission,” in

                        A Companion to Renaissance Poetry, ed. Catherine Bates (Chichester, UK

                        and Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018), 78-102.

        “Approaching Unedited Texts,” A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts, ed. 

                         Harriet Phillips and Claire Loffman (Abington, U.K. and  New York:

                        Routledge, 2017), 96-99.

(with Ken Jackson) “Religion, Secularity and Shakespeare,” in Shakespeare

                and the World, ed. Robert Ormsby and Jill Levenson  (Abington, U.K. and

                 New York: Routledge,  2017), 542-56.

 “The Verse Nobody Knows: Rare or Unique Poems in Early Modern English

                        Manuscripts,” Huntington Library Quarterly 80.2 (Spring 2017): 201-21.

         (with Steven W. May), “A New Manuscript Copy of a Poem by Queen

Elizabeth: Texts and Contexts,”  English Literary Renaissance 47.1 (Winter 2017): 1-20.

        “Christ Church, Oxford and Beyond: Folger MS V.a.345 and its Manuscript

                          and  Print Sources,” Studies in Philology 113.4 (Fall 2016): 850-78.

         “Literary Coteries, Communities, and Networks: The Circulation of Verse at

the  Inns of Court and in London in Early Stuart England,” in Re- evaluating the    Literary Coterie 1580-1830: From Sidney to Blackwood’s, ed. Will Bowers  and Hanna Crummé  (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2016), 53-73.

          “Saintly Idiocy and Contemplative Empowerment: The Case of Dame Gertrude

More,” in Sara S. Poor and Nigel Smith (eds.), Mysticism and Reform

1400-1750 (Reformations: Medieval and Early Modern, ed. David Aers,

Sarah Beckwith, and James Simpson) (Notre Dame, In: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015), 151-76.

            “’Rolling Archetypes’: Christ Church, Oxford Poetry Collections, and the

Proliferation of Manuscript Verse Anthologies in Caroline England, English Literary Renaissance 44.3 (Fall 2014): 486-523.

“In Defense of Idolatry: Residual Catholic Culture and the Protestant Assault on the

Sensuous in Early Modern England,” in Redrawing the Map of Early Modern Catholicism (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012), 27-51.

“Rare or Unique Poems in British Library MS Sloane 1446,” in In the Prayse of Writing,

Early Modern Manuscript Studies: Essays in Honor of Peter Beal, ed. S. P. Cerasano and Steven W. May (London: British Library Publications, 2012), 236-65.

(with Laura Estill) “Manuscript Circulation,” in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare

            (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012) 53-70.

            (with Steven W. May) “Two Lost Ballads of the Armada Thanksgiving

                        Celebration  [with texts and illustration],” English Literary Renaissance

                        41.1 (Winter 2011): 36-68.

“Chaloner Chute’s Poetical Anthology (British Library Additional MS 33998) as a

            Cosmopolitan Collection,” English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700 16 (2010):


“Neighborhood, Social Networks, and the Making of a Family’s Manuscript Poetry

Collection: The Case of British Library Additional MS 25707,” in Material Readings of Early Modern Culture, 1580-1700, ed. James Daybell and Peter Hinds (Houndsmill, U.K: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 185-207.

 “The Intolerability of Catholics in Early Modern England,” in Religion and Writing in

England, 1558-1689, ed. Roger Sell and Anthony Johnson (Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing, 2009), 47-69.

 “Humphrey Coningsby and the Personal Anthologizing of Verse in Elizabethan

                        England,” in New Ways of Looking at Old Texts IV, ed. Michael Denbo

                        and W. Speed Hill (Tempe, AZ: Renaissance English Text Society and

                        Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies in 2008), 71-102.

“What Counts as Early Modern English Catholic Writing?” in Tradition,

                        Heterodoxy and Religious Culture: Judaism and Christianity, ed. Chanita

        Goodblatt (Beersheva, Israel: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Press,

         2007), 1-16.

“Print, Manuscripts, and Miscellanies,” in Early Modern English Poetry: A

                        Critical Companion, ed. Patrick Cheney, Andrew Hadfield, and Garrett A.

                Sullivan, Jr. (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 15-


“Shakespeare’s Sonnets and the Manuscript Circulation of Texts in Early

         Modern England,” Blackwell’s Companion to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, ed.

        Michael Schoenfeldt (Oxford: Blackwell’s, 2006), 185-203.

“The Social Context and Nature of Donne’s Writing: Occasional Verse and 

 Letters,” in The Cambridge Companion to John Donne, ed. Achsah Guibbory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 35-48.

(with Ken Jackson) “The Turn to Religion in Early Modern English Studies,”

                        Criticism 46.1 (Winter 2004): 167-90.

            “Shakespeare and Catholicism,” in Theatre and Religion: Lancastrian

                Shakespeare, ed. Richard Dutton, Alison Gail Findlay, and Richard

        Wilson (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2003),


            (with Harold Love) "Manuscript Transmission and Circulation," Chapter 2

 of the Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature, ed. David

                        Loewenstein and Janel Mueller (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,

                        2002), 55-80.