Medieval and Renaissance

The Medieval and Renaissance Literature Group in the Department of English offers outstanding educational and research opportunities, with distinguished faculty whose scholarship engages a range of fields and approaches. Located within easy reach of one of the world’s richest archival environments, our campus affords easy access to the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Library of Congress, Dumbarton Oaks, and the resources of the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. English Renaissance literature has long been recognized and supported as an established strength within the University of Maryland's large and dynamic English department. We offer small classes, fellowships and teaching assistantships for graduate student support, and an enviable record of academic job placements.

With an unusually large and distinguished contingent of sixteen core and affiliated faculty, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies group is committed to broad coverage of the period as well as training in cutting edge scholarly methods. Special strengths include historical approaches, textual studies, women's studies, and contemporary theory. In collaboration with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) and the Folger Shakespeare Library, we are also in the forefront of bringing contemporary technology to bear on the study of early modern literature. As a recognized area of excellence within the University, we benefit from strong funding for recruitment and support of graduate students with special fellowship packages. In addition, Medieval and Renaissance studies at Maryland also benefits from its overlapping work with other prominent areas of interest in the English department, including: Comparative Literature; the long Eighteenth Century; transatlantic studies; rhetoric; literatures of the African Diaspora; feminist criticism and theory; and gender, gay, and lesbian studies. Our ties outside the department with the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies, the Committee on Africa and the Americas, Women's Studies, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, Performance Studies, History, and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures provide our faculty and students with opportunities to enrich their intellectual communities and to expand and challenge their research interests.

The university library system has excellent holdings in secondary literature, an extensive selection of electronic databases and journals, and a valuable microfilm archive. Researchers of the Renaissance benefit especially from the university's active participation in the Folger Consortium. As well as reading in the library, Faculty and students can participate in the Folger Institute's academic programs, and graduate students are encouraged to enroll in Folger seminars for credit. Further opportunities are available through the Washington Area consortium that allows cross-registration with other area universities.

Our Faculty

Faculty Bookshelf

Editor,Routledge Companion to Women, Sex, and Gender in the Early British Colonial World
Routledge,2018
Co-Editor,Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts: Politics, Ecologies, and Form
Palgrave Macmillan US,2017
Author,Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania Press,2017
Editor,The Comedy of Errors
Bloomsbury,2017
Author,The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare
The University of Chicago Press,2016
,Of Garden Mounts
Colonial Williamsburg,2014
,Rhetoric and Rhythm in Byzantium
Cambridge University Press,2013
Author,Of Bondage: Debt, Property, and Personhood in Early Modern England
University of Pennsylvania Press,2013
,Conversational Rhetoric: The Rise and Fall of a Women's Tradition, 1600-1900
Southern Illinois University Press,2011
,The Lucretian Renaissance: Philology and the Afterlife of Tradition
University Of Chicago Press,2011
The Cover of Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice, 1550-1650
Editor,Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice, 1550-1650
Palgrave Macmillan,2010
Editor,A Companion to Tudor Literature
Wiley-Blackwell,2010
,Kitchens, Smokehouses, and Privies: Outbuildings and the Architecture of Daily Life in the Eighteenth-Century Mid-Atlantic
Cornell University Press,2009
,Religion, Reform, and Women's Writing in Early Modern England
Cambridge University Press,2008
,Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works
Oxford University Press,2007
Cover of "Flaunting"
Author,Flaunting
University of Toronto Press,2007
Editor,Reading Renaissance Ethics
Routledge,2007
,The Laborer's Two Bodies
Palgrave Macmillan,2006
,Anthony Munday and the Catholics, 1560-1633
Ashgate,2005
Co-Editor,The Middle Ages at Work
Palgrave Macmillan,2004
,A Cosmos of Desire: The Medieval Latin Erotic Lyric in English Manuscripts
University of Michigan Press,2004
,Mary Magdalene and the Drama of Saints: Theater, Gender, and Religion in Late Medieval England
University of Pennsylvania Press,2004
Co-Editor and Co-Translator,Selected Letters, Orations, and Rhetorical Dialogues of Madeleine de Scudery
University of Chicago Press,2004
,The Smithsonian Book of Books
Smithsonian Books,2003
editor,Rhetorical Theory by Women before 1900: An Anthology
Rowman & Littlefield,2002
Co-editor,Women, Writing, and the Reproduction of Culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain
Syracuse University Press,2000
,Theatre and Humanism: English Drama in the Sixteenth Century
Cambridge University Press,1999
,Theatre, Finance and Society in Early Modern England
Cambridge University Press,1999
,Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg,1998
,The Story of All Things: Writing the Self in English Renaissance Narrative Poetry
Duke University Press,1998
Editor,Aemilia Lanyer: Gender, Genre, and the Canon
University of Kentucky Press,1998
,Frankenstein's Daughters: Women Writing Science Fiction
Syracuse University Press,1997
Editor,The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces (Expanded Edition) (Vol. One-Volume)
W. W. Norton & Company,1996
,Milton's Teeth and Ovid's Umbrella: Curiouser and Curiouser Adventures in History
Touchstone Publishing,1995
,Everybody's Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on Tragedies
University of Nebraska Press,1994
Co-editor,Utopian and Science Fiction by Women: Worlds of Difference
Syracuse University Press,1994
,Shakespearean Tragedy and Its Double: The Rhythms of Audience Response
Pennsylvania State University Press,1991
Author,Naming the Rose: Eco, Medieval Signs, and Modern Theory
Cornell University Press,1989
,The City Staged: Jacobean Comedy, 1603-1613
The University of Wisconsin Press,1986

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News

September 13, 2019
April Fuller and Laurel Bassett's "Got Gout? Eighteenth-Century Global 'Remedies' in Mary Kettilby’s Receipt Book" has bee published by the Folger Library's The Collation. Read the article here.
September 13, 2019
Dr. David Simon has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. His first book, Light without Heat: The Observational Mood from Bacon to Milton (Cornell University Press, 2018) argues for the importance of careless inattention and open-ended receptivity to the literary and philosophical experiments of England's scientific revolution. Dr. Simon joined the University of Maryland faculty in Fall 2018.
September 13, 2019
Dr. Gerard Passannante has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor. His most recent book, Catastrophizing: Materialism and the Making of Disaster, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2019. This follows his first book, The Lucretian Renaissance: Philology and the Afterlife of Tradition (Chicago, 2011). While at the University of Maryland, Dr. Passanante has taught a range of classes from large lectures on Renaissance drama to smaller seminars on literature, philosophy, and science such as “Leonardo, Montaigne, and Shakespeare,” and “Early Modern Literature and Disaster.”
September 13, 2019
Dr. Jessica Enoch has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor. 2019 saw the publication of Dr. Enoch’s second monograph, Domestic Occupations: Spatial Rhetorics and Women's Work, published by Southern Illinois University Press. Her co-edited, bilingual critical anthology with Cristina Ramírez titled Mestiza Rhetorics: An Anthology of Mexicana Activism in the Spanish-Language Press,1887-1922 will also be published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2020. 
September 13, 2019
Dr. Ralph Bauer has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor. Recent publications include an article with Marcy Norton, Entangled Tragectories: integrating Native and Early Modern European studies, in a special issues of the Colonial Latin American Review (March 2017), as well as the edited collection with Jaime Marroquin Arredondo), Translating Nature: a crosscultural history of early modern science (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019). His latest book, The Alchemy of Conquest: Science, Religion, and the Secrets of the New World (UVA Press) will appear in print in October. He is the general editor of the Early Americas Digital Archive, and is currently serving as associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Bauer has been with the University of Maryland since 1998.
September 13, 2019
Dr. Scott Trudell has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. His book, Unwritten Poetry: Song, Performance, and Media in Early Modern England, was published by Oxford University Press in May 2019. Past teaching at the University of Maryland has included undergraduate courses on Shakespeare and his contemporaries as well as graduate courses in renaissance literature and media.
September 13, 2019
Dr. Tita Chico has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor. Her most recent book, The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment, was published by Stanford University Press in 2018. This year she begins a three-year term as Member-at-Large elected to the Executive Board of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.
September 13, 2019
Justin Thompson will be presenting work at the Ecology and Religion in the Nineteenth Century virtual conference, a collaboration between Georgetown Univeristy, Armstrong-Browning Library at Baylor University, the University of Washington, and Lancaster University (UK). His paper is entitled, "Evangelic Erasures: Louisa Atkinson and Indigenous Bodies".
September 13, 2019
Memorial services for each Virginia Beauchamp and Stanley Plumly will take place this month.
September 12, 2019
First year graduate student, Claudia Rojas (MFA, Poetry), has been selected for the 2019 Writer's Relief Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award for Creative Writers.  The award is presented to one poet and one short story writer for three cycles of Writer’s Relief submission services free of charge. To learn more about the award and Writer's Relief visit the Writer's Relief website.

Resources

Contact Us

For further information about graduate study at the Department of English, University of Maryland, please contact:

Kellie Robertson, Director of Graduate Studies (krobert@umd.edu), or
Kimberly Coles, Medieval and Renaissance Area Group Coordinator (kcoles@umd.edu)

Potential students are also encouraged to communicate directly with members of the Renaissance faculty about individual areas of study.