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

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
Author,The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare
The University of Chicago Press Books,2016
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

Upcoming Events

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Fri Dec 8

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News

November 8, 2017
Praise for her second poetry volume -Crumb Sized- in the -Chicago Review of Books.-
October 31, 2017
English Major Sarah Schurman is the recipient of the 2017 Dean's Senior Scholar Award. The award committee cites her distinguished academic performance, leadership qualities, and commitment to community. 
October 30, 2017
Christopher Suarez presented "Jimi Hendrix and His Muse: "Manic Depression," "Little Wing," & "Voodoo Chile"' at the ALSCW Conference on October 26-29 at Dallas University, in Dallas, Texas.
October 26, 2017
With Julie Enszer (Maryland MFA; Maryland WMST PhD), Martha Nell Smith has coedited Everywoman Her Own Theology: On the Poetry of Alicia Ostriker (forthcoming U of Michigan Press Fall 2018).
October 25, 2017
Audrey Farley's essay "Psychoanalysis Via Comics: Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother?" will be published in ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies. Her essay "Physiology Gone Wild: Oliver Sacks' Clinical Tales and Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower" will be published in Journal of Science Fiction. She also has a book review forthcoming in Public Books and a chapter in the upcoming volume, Illness and Disability in Asian America (Eds. Jennifer Ho and Jim Lee). 
October 25, 2017
Brian Richardson published “The Paradoxical Paradigm of Unnatural Narrative Theory,” in Emerging Vectors in Narratology, eds. Per Krogh Hansen, John Pier, and Wolf Schmid. His interview with Minrui Li was published in Foreign Literature Studies. His essay, “Silence, Progression, and Narrative Collapse in Conrad’s Plots,” was the runner up for the J. H. Stape award for the year’s best essay in Conradiana. He delivered a paper on “The Material Book and the Scene of Reading in To the Lighthouse” at the International Virginia Woolf Conference in Reading (UK) in July. He also evaluated the work of doctoral students and an international doctoral program in comparative literature based at the University of Lisbon.
October 25, 2017
Cameron Mozafari and Michael Israel presented a paper, "More than a Feeling: Frame Metonymy and Cultural Scripts in Persuasive Communication," at the 14th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, held in Tartu, Estonia.  The talk uses classical rhetorical concepts, corpus methods, and Cognitive Grammar to model how rhetors coordinate evaluations and beliefs with their audiences to make them recognize cultural knowledge about what makes people emotional. Cameron was also nominated for and accepted the position of Junior Scholar on the International Cognitive Linguistics Association governing board.
October 25, 2017
 Chuck Caramello recently published the monograph, Research Ethics Education for Graduate International Collaborations in the Council of Graduate Schools "best practices" monograph series. Chuck is currently John H. Daniels Fellow at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, VA, where he is editing a volume of two 18C treatises on military equitation and working on a collection of essays on cavalry and the Great War.
October 25, 2017
Daune O'Brien presented at the Feminisms and Rhetoric's Conference in Dayton, OH on October 7, 2017. The title of the talk was "Dorothea Dix’s Legislative Memorial: Visual Rhetoric and Advocacy for the Mentally Ill"
October 25, 2017
Faculty, students, and alumni gavepapers at the October Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference at the University of Dayton. 

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.