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

June 26, 2018
Reynolds '05 featured on TERP for his eleven books and successful career as NY Times best-selling author.
May 31, 2018
Program Grants (spring 2017; fall 2016; spring 2016; fall 2015; spring 2015; fall 2014; spring 2014; fall 2013; spring 2013; winter 2013; fall 2012) | Faculty Research & Writing Group Awards (AY 2017-18; AY 2016-17) | Beyond the Classroom Awards (spring 2017; fall 2016)
May 31, 2018
Baltimore Pride will screen Wild Nights With Emily, a new film about Emily Dickinson, which draws heavily from our own Martha Nell Smith's work on Dickinson. Smith, who acted as a consultant on the film, will join the writer/director Madeleine Olnek for a Q&A after the showing. Olnek dedicated her award-winning film to Smith, noting that it is her "scholarship [that] helped bring the relationship between Susan and Emily to light."
May 31, 2018
The National Endowment for the Arts announced that Elissa Washuta, who graduated from UMD with a BA in English in 2007, would receive one of their prestigious 2018 Creative Writing Fellowships. Washuta is one of only 36 writers across the nation to receive such an award. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to provide crucial funding to support these writers in their creative endeavors and to continue expanding the range of ideas and viewpoints available to readers,” stated the NEA Director of Literature, Amy Stolls.
May 22, 2018
Emily J. Orlando was promoted to the rank of Professor of English at Fairfield University five years after earning tenure.
May 21, 2018
Abbey Morgan was awarded the Ann G. Wylie Semester Dissertation Fellowship. Abbey also attended NeMLA (2018) at the University of Pittsburgh and presented her paper " Voicing the Color-Line: Linguistic Whiteface in Richard Pryor's Black Ben the Blacksmith."
May 21, 2018
Congratulations to PhD student Aqdas Aftab who has been awarded the Rodler-Wood Scholarship from LGBT Studies in recognition of their work on decolonial trans and queer studies.
May 21, 2018
Bill Peterson's article "William Pickering and the Quakers" will appear in the June issue of Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. It is an account of the Quaker background (hitherto unknown) of one of the most important English publishers of the nineteenth century.
May 21, 2018
Bob Levine has recently published essays on Frederick Douglass in History Now, the Howard Journal of Communication, and Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has essays forthcoming in The New Melville Studies and A Question of Time: American Literature from Colonial Encounter to Contemporary Fiction, both to be published soon by Cambridge UP. He recently gave an invited talk on Hannah Crafts at Indiana University and he's speaking next month at the University of Texas on "What Is the American Literary Tradition: An Editor's Perspective." 
May 21, 2018
Brian Richardson published several pieces: “Experimental Fiction and Narrative Theory,” in Frontiers of Narrative Studies, “The Status of Historical Characters in Drama: Ontological, Aesthetic, Verisimilar” in Letras de Hoje (Brazil); “De la narratologie non naturelle [“On Unnatural Narratology”]” in Introduction à la narratologie postclassique; “Unusual Voices and Multiple Identities” in Pronouns in Literature; “Reale und implizite Autoren” [‘Real and Implied Authors’]” in Grundthemen der Literaturwissenschaft: Erzählen; “The Rhetoric of Knowledge and the Rhetoric of Pleasure,” is in the current issue of Style, and an interview with Li Minrui on narrative theory in Foreign Literature Studies (China). He also edited a special issue of the journal, Frontiers of Narrative Studies (Winter 2017).

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.