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

News

October 18, 2018
Stop by BookLab in 3248 Tawes Hall to print quotes from Mary Shelley's 1818 edition of Frankenstein in ghoulish green and other spooky colors!
October 11, 2018
Elizabeth Acevedo's novel, The Poet X, has been announced as a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
October 4, 2018
The article and video, "Create a ‘Personal Brand,’ and Other Tips Learned During a Day With a Recruiter," highlight Connolly's experience as a recruiter.
October 1, 2018
The $10,000 award will support Professor Collins's course, "Caribbean Literature: Literature and Ideas in the Caribbean," which will be held in collaboration with students and faculty at the University of the West Indies.
September 20, 2018
Robin Earnest and Patrick Nelson will be presenting at the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention in Pittsburgh this coming March. 
September 20, 2018
University of Maryland MFA alumna Shara Lessley published a new book of poems, The Explosive Expert's Wife (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018). She also co-edited a collection of essays titled, The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice (Pleiades Press, 2018).
September 18, 2018
David Biespiel's book, The Education of a Young Poet (Counterpoint Press, 2018), will be released on Tuesday, October 9th. David Biespiel is the former coordinator of the MFA program and a University of Maryland alumnus.
September 13, 2018
Recent PhD alumnus and Ohio State University-Mansfield Assistant Professor Jamie Kantor was recently published in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA). 
September 13, 2018
The National Book Foundation recognized ten authors for "Young People's Literature."  
September 11, 2018
Alumnus Stephen Rojcewicz presented “George Antrobus: Genius in a Name” at the Third International Thornton Wilder Conference, Peterborough, NH, June 12, 2018. 

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.