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,
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
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
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
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.
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.
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,
“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,