Arthur Marotti

Arthur Marotti

Distinguished 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 Wasserman
  • 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

  • The Circulation of Poetry in Manuscript in Early Modern England (New York and London: Routledge, 2021)
  • (with Steven W. May) Ink, Stink Bait, Revenge, and Queen Elizabeth: A Yorkshire Yeoman’s Household Book (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2014)
  • 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, 2018)
  • (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, 2007)
  • (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):

  • “Poetry outside the Literary Canon: The Rare or Unique Verse by Minor or Little known Authors in Early-Modern English Manuscripts,” in Early Modern Manuscripts: Hands, Texts, and Readers, ed. Guillaume Coatalen, Études Anglaises 73.3 (July-September 2020): 347-68
  • “Approaching Unedited Texts,” A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts, ed. Harriet Phillips and Claire Loffman (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), 96-99
  • (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): 112-40
  • “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), 15-26
  • “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), 218-41
  • (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

Current project

  • (With Steven W. May, Joshua Eckhardt, and Jessica Edmondes) An edition of Rare or Unique Poetry found in 16th and 17th century English manuscripts