The Early Modern Colloquium

A Graduate Student-Run Interest Group at the University of Michigan


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Graduate Student Coordinator:

Charisse Willis (

2017 Conference Organizers:

Margo Kolenda (

Cecilia Morales (

Megan Behrend (

Joey Gamble (

Graduate Student Members, 2016-17:

Charisse Willis (

Kate Waggoner (

Alice Tsay (

Helena Skorovsky (

Emily Shearer (

Andrew Rutledge (

Laura Romaine (

Annika Pattenaude (

Cecilia Morales (

Megan Milewski (

Elizabeth Mathie (

Sarah Linwick (

Tonhi Lee (

Jeremy Ledger (

Margo Kolenda (

Dawn Kaczmar (

Yanay Israeli (

Rebecca Huffman (

Nicholas Holterman (

Rebecca Hixon (

Anne Heminger (

John Paul Hampstead (

Emmamarie Haasl (

Kyle Grady (

Anthony Gillum (

Esra Genc Arvas (

Merideth Garcia (

Joseph Gamble (

Maia Farrar-Wellman (

Lauren Eriks (

Amrita Dhar (

Sheila Coursey (

Chun Wa Chan (

Hannah Bredar (

Noah Blan (

Laurel Billings (

Megan Behrend (


Faculty Director:

Michael Schoenfeldt. Ph.D., UC-Berkeley, 1985. John R. Knott, Jr. Collegiate Professor of English. Primary Interests: Renaissance literature; Renaissance history; Renaissance medicine; gender and cultural studies; religious studies. Secondary Interests: Medieval; restoration; theory. Select publications: "'That spectacle of too much weight': The Poetics of Sacrifice in Donne, Herbert, and Milton," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 31, vol. 3 (2001): 561-84. "Obedience and Autonomy in Paradise Lost," A Companion to Milton, ed. Thomas Corns (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001), pp. 363-79. Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England: Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton (Cambridge University Press, 1999); "Making Shakespeare's Sonnets Matter in the Classroom,"Approaches to Teaching Sixteenth-Century Poetry, ed. Patrick Cheney and Ann Lake Prescott (New York: Modern Language Association, 1999); "The Construction of Inwardness in The Faerie Queene, Book 2," Worldmaking Spenser: Explorations in the Early Modern Age, ed. Patrick Cheney and Lauren Silberman (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1999); "Courts and Patronage," The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol. 3, Renaissance to Late Seventeenth-Century, ed. Glyn P. Northon (Cambridge University Press, 1999); ); "The Matter of Inwardness: Shakespeare's Sonnets," Shakespeare's Sonnets: Critical Essays, ed. James Schiffer (New York: Garland, 1998), pp. 305-24; "Subversion or Collusion? Revising Jacobean England," Comparative Studies in Society and History 39, vol. 4 (1997): 772-78; "Fables of the Belly in Early Modern England," in The Body in Parts: Fantasies of Corporeality in Early Modern Culture, ed. David Hillman and Carla Mazzio (New York: Routledge, 1997); "The Gender of Relgious Devotion: Amelia Lanyer and John Donne," in Religion and Culture in the English Renaissance , ed. Debora Shuger and Claire McEachern (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), "Gender and Conduct in Paradise Lost" in Sexuality and Gender in Early Modern Europe: Institutions, Texts, Images , ed. James G. Turner (Cambridge University Press, 1993), and many other articles.

Faculty Members:

Celeste Brusati. Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Professor of the history of art with appointments in the Department of Women’s Studies and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. Interests: early modern European art, primarily in the Netherlands; early modern art literature and image theory; pictorial representation and perception; art, science, and technology. Select publications: Artifice and Illusion: The Art and Writing of Samuel van Hoogstraten (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995). "Natural Artifice and Material Values in Dutch Still Life," Looking at Dutch Art: Realism Reconsidered (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997). "Pictura’s Excellent Trophies: Valorizing Virtuous Artisanship in the Dutch Republic, Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek" Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art 54 (2003)."Reforming Idols and Viewing History in Pieter Saenredam’s Perspectives," The Idol in the Age of Art: Objects, Devotions and the Early Modern World (Ashgate, 2009). Co-editor, The Authority of the Word: Reflecting on Image and Text in Northern Europe, 1400-1700 (Intersections Series, Brill Academic Pub, 2011). "Perspectives in Flux: Viewing Dutch Art in Real Time, Art History" Art History 35:5 (November, 2012) 908-933.

Linda Gregerson. Ph.D., Stanford, 1987. Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of English. Primary Interests: Literature and culture of the English Renaissance; historical subject formation; the politics of Reformation and early modern nationalism; Petrarchan lyric; Elizabethan and Stuart drama; contemporary American poetry; creative writing. Secondary Interests: History and theory of performance. Select publications: Waterborne (Houghton Mifflin, 2002); Negative Capability: Contemporary American Poetry (University of Michigan, 2001); The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (Houghton Mifflin, 1996); The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic (Cambridge University Press, 1995); Fire in the Conservatory (Dragon Gate Press, 1982); essays in ELH, Criticism, Prose Studies, Milton Studies, An Uncertain Union: The British Problem in Renaissance Literature, and Bilder der nation: Kulturelle and politische Konstruktionen des Nationalen Am Beginn der europaeischen Moderne ; poems, reviews and review-essays in Poetry, The Atlantic, Partisan Review, Grand Street, Parnassus, Ploughshares, New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Orion, The Iowa Review, The Yale Review, The Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Joe.

Barbara Hodgdon. Ph.D., University of New Hampshire. Professor Emeritus. Interests: Shakespeare, drama, Shakespeare performance on film and stage, and performance theory. Select publications: "Spectacular Bodies: Acting + Cinema + Shakespeare," in A Concise Companion to Shakespeare on Screen, ed. Diana E. Henderson (Blackwell, 2005); "New Collaborations with Old Plays: The (Textual) Politics of Performance Commentary,"Textual Performances: The Modern Reproduction of Shakespeare's Drama, eds. Lukas Erne and Margaret Jane Kidnie (Cambridge University Press, 2004); "Photography, Theatre, Mnemonics; or Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Still," in Theorizing Pratice: Redefining Theatre History, ed. W. B. Worthen with Peter Holland (Palgrave, 2003); "The RSC's 'Long Sonata of the Dead': Shakespeare-History and Imagined Community," in Re-Visions of Shakespeare: Essays in Honor of Robert Ornstein, ed. Evelyn Gajowski (University of Delaware Press, 2004); "Reincarnations,"Remaking Shakespeare:Performance Across Media, Genres and Cultures, ed. Pascale Aebischer, Edward J.Esche and Nigel Wheale (Palgrave, 2003); "Race-ing Othello : Re-Engendering White-Out, II,"Shakespeare: The Movie II, ed. Lynda E. Boose and Richard Burt (Routledge, 2003); "Wooing and Winning (Or Not): Film/Shakespeare/Comedy and the Syntax of Genre," Chapter for Blackwell Companion to Shakespearean Comedy, ed. Jean E. Howard and Richard Dutton (Blackwell, 2003); Arden 3 Online Performance Project, Associate General Editor (1999); The Shakespeare Trade: Performances and Appropriations (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998); The End Crowns All: Closure and Contradiction in Shakespeare's History (Princeton University Press, 1991).

William Ingram. Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. Professor Emeritus. Primary Interests (all early modern English):  the professional stage; high and popular culture; history of London.  Secondary Interests: early English manuscripts; secretary hand; transcription. Select publications: "Early Modern Theatre History: where we are now, how we got here, where we go next", introductory essay to A Handbook on Early Modern Theatre, ed. Richard Dutton (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); "The Real Misfortunes of Arthur; Or, Not Making It on the Elizabethan Stage", Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 16 (2003), 32-38;  England, 1530-1642, volume 7 in the series The Theatre in Europe: Documents and Sources, in collaboration with Glynne Wickham and Herbert Berry (Cambridge University Press, 2001);  "Laurence Dutton, Stage Player: Missing and Presumed Lost", Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 14 (2001);  "The Economics of Playing", in A Companion to Shakespeare, ed. David Scott Kastan (Columbia University Press, 1998);  "The Future of the Theatrical Past", Shakespeare Quarterly 48 (1997) 215-225;  The Business of Playing: the beginnings of the adult professional theatre in Elizabethan London (Cornell University Press, 1992);  A London Life in the Brazen Age: Francis Langley, 1548-1602 (Harvard University Press, 1978);  A Concordance to John Milton's English Poetry (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1972).

John Knott. Ph.D., Harvard, 1966. Professor Emeritus. Primary Interests: Literature and the environment; contemporary nature writing; place; Milton; Bunyan; the Reformation in English literature (and English Puritanism); contemporary nature writing and literature of the American wilderness. Secondary Interests: John Foxe and the literature of martyrdom; English nonconformist literature. Publications: Imagining Wild America (University of Michigan Press, 2002). Reimagining Place, ed., with Robert Grese (a special issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review, winter 2001); The Huron River: Voices from the Watershed, ed., with Keith Taylor (University of Michigan Press, 2000); Pleasant Walks and Drives About Ann Arbor, ed., with Judge Noah Cheever (Bentley Historical Library, 1999); Discourses of Martyrdom in English Literature, 1563-1694 (Cambridge University Press, 1993); The Sword of the Spirit: Puritan Responses to the Bible (University of Chicago, 1980); Milton's Pastoral Vision: An Approach to Paradise Lost (University of Chicago Press, 1971); articles and chapters on Milton, Bunyan, Browne, Spenser, George Fox, Quaker culture, Edward Abbey, Wendell Berry.

Peggy McCracken. Ph. D., Yale University, 1989. Domna C. Stanton Collegiate Professor of French, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature. Interests: the French Middle Ages, gender and sexuality in medieval romance and on medieval narratives more generally, the intersections of medieval literature, history, and theory, sovereignty, among others. Recent and selected publications: Co-author, with Donald S. Lopez, Jr., In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Christian Saint (NY: Norton, 2014). Translator, Gui de Cambrai, Barlaam and Josaphat: A Christian Tale of the Buddha (NY: Penguin Classics, 2014). Co-editor, with E. Jane Burns, From Beasts to Souls: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013). “Skin and Sovereignty in Guillaume de Palerne,” Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales et Humanistiques 24 (2012): 361-75. Co-author, with Sharon Kinoshita, Marie de France: A Critical Companion (Boydell and Brewer, 2012).

Steven Mullaney. Ph.D., Stanford, 1982. Professor of English. Primary Interests: Renaissance drama; early modern cultural and gender studies; contemporary cultural and literary theory. Secondary Interests: Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century colonial discourse; post-colonial theory. Select publications: "Imaginary Conquests: European Visual Technologies and the Colonization of the New World Mind," in Early Modern Visual Culture: Representation, Race, and Empire in Renaissance England (U of Pennsylvania, 2000); "Reforming Resistance: Class, Gender, and Legitimacy in Foxe's Book of Martyrs," in Print and the Other Media in Early Modern England (Ohio State UP, 2000); "The Place of Shakespeare's Stage in Elizabethan Culture," Encyclopedia Britannica Presents Shakespeare's Globe: Then and Now; "Mourning and Misogyny: Hamlet, The Revenger's Tragedy, and the Final Progress of Elizabeth I, 1600-1607," Shakespeare Quarterly 45:2 (1994): 1--23; "Playing on the Margins: The Social and Cultural Situation of the English Renaissance Stage," The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism , vol. 3, ed. Glynn Norton (Cambridge University Press, 1994-95); The Place of the Stage: License, Play, and Power in Renaissance England (University of Chicago Press, 1988); "Brothers and Others, or the Arts of Alienation," in Cannibals, Witches, and Diverse: Estranging the Renaissance , ed. Marjorie Garber (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987); "Strange Things, Gross Terms, Curious Customs: The Rehearsal of Cultures in the Late Renaissance," Representations 1:3, 1983; "Lying Like Truth: Riddle, Representation, and Treason in Renaissance England," ELH, 1980.

Valerie Traub. Ph.D., Massachusetts-Amherst, 1990. Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of English and Women's Studies. Primary Interests: Early modern cultural studies, especially Renaissance drama; gender studies and the history of sexuality. Secondary Interests: Early modern anatomy and cartography; feminist theory. Select publications: Gay Shame, ed. with David Halperin (forthcoming University of Chicago Press); The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2002). "Mapping the Global Body" (2000); "Sex without Issue: Sodomy, Reproduction, and Signification in Shakespeare's Sonnet," Shakespeare's Sonnets: Critcal Essays, ed. James Schiffer (1998); "Gendering Mortality in Early Modern Anatomies" (1996); editor, Feminist Readings of Early Modern Culture: Emerging Subjects (Cambridge UP, 1996); Desire & Anxiety: Circulations of Sexuality in Shakespearean Drama (Routledge, 1992); "The Perversion of Lesbian Desire," History Workshop Journal (1996); "The Psychomorphology of the Clitoris," GLQ (1995); "The (In)Significance of Lesbian Desire in Early Modern England," Erotic Politics, ed. Susan Zimmerman (Routledge 1992).

Douglas Trevor. Ph.D., Harvard, 1999. Professor of English. Primary Interests: 16th and 17th century English literature, especially Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton; the history of the passions; religion and gender studies. Secondary Interests: creative writing. Select publications: The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2004); The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space (a collection of short stories, University of Iowa Press, 2005); Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture, ed. with Carla Mazzio (Routledge Press, 2000). "Lacan, Hamlet, and the Problem of Mourning," (Shakespeare Yearbook, forthcoming, 2007); "Milton and Solomonic Education," in Milton and the Jews, ed. Douglas Brooks (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2007); "Milton and Oneness," (Milton Studies, forthcoming, 2009); "Shakespeare's Love Objects," in A Companion to Shakespeare's Sonnets, ed. Michael Schoenfeldt (Blackwell Press, 2006); "Love, Humoralism, and 'Soft' Psychoanalysis," Shakespeare Studies, vol. 33 (2005); "Sadness in The Faerie Queene." In Reading The Early Modern Passions, ed. Gail Kern Paster, Katherine Rowe, and Mary Floyd-Wilson (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004); "Thomas More's Responsio ad Lutherum and the Fictions of Humanist Polemic," The Sixteenth Century Journal, 32:3 (2001).

Susan (Scotti) Parrish. Ph.D., Stanford, 1998. Associate Professor. Primary Interests: Colonial and early national British-American literature and culture, 1585-1830; early modern Atlantic world; history of science; travel literature; correspondence networks; environmental writing and criticism; writers of the U.S. south between the wars, especially Faulkner. Secondary Interests: Colonial Spanish-and French-American literature; nineteenth-century U.S. literature; theory and history of film and photography. Select publications: American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World (OIEAHC/UNCP, 2006). Winner of the Jamestown Prize for 2005. "Environment, Knowledge, and Slave Portraiture in Colonial Surinam: Considering Two William Blake Engravings in Stedman's 1796 Narrative" in eds., Agnes Lugo-Ortiz and Angela Rosenthal, Invisible Subjects? Slave Portraiture in the Circum-Atlantic World (1660-1890) (collection under submission at University of Chicago Press ). "Scientific Discourse" in ed. Kevin J. Hayes, Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2007). "William Byrd II and the Crossed Languages of Science, Satire, and Empire in British America" in eds., Ralph Bauer and José Antonio Mazzotti, Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas : Empires, Texts, Identities (forthcoming OIEAHC/UNCP, 2007). "Women's Nature: Curiosity, Pastoral, and the New Science in British America,"Early American Literature 37.2 (UNCP, July 2002), 195-238. "The Female Opossum and the Nature of the New World," William and Mary Quarterly, (July, 1997).

Catherine Sanok. Ph.D., UCLA, 1999. Assistant Professor. Primary Interests: Middle English literature; women's textual traditions; hagiography and religious narrative; fifteenth-century literature and culture. Secondary Interests: Medieval historicism and representations of the classical past. Select publications: "Criseyde, Cassandre and the Thebaid: Women and the Theban Subtext of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde," Studies in the Age of Chaucer 20 (1998): 41-71. "Reading Hagiographically: Chaucer's Legend of Good Women and its Female Audience," Exemplaria 13.2 (2001). Her Life Historical: Exemplarity and Female Saints' Lives in Late Medieval England. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007. “Women and Literature,” Blackwell Concise Companion to Middle English Literature. Ed. Marilyn Corrie. Oxford: Blackwell, 2009. "Good King Henry and the Genealogy of Shakespeare's First History Plays," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 40.1, 2010. “Saints’ Lives and the Literary after Arundel,” in After Arundel. Ed. Vincent Gillespie and Kantik Ghosh. Brepols, 2012. 469-86. “John of Bridlington: Mitred Prior and Model of the Mixed Life,” in Religious Men and Masculine Identity in the Middle Ages. Ed.Pat Cullum and Katherine Lewis. Boydell and Brewer, 2013.

Lydia M. Soo. Ph.D., Princeton, 1989; M.Arch., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1978.  Associate Professor.  Primary Interests:  Restoration buildings, cities, and culture; early modern architectural knowledge production; early modern English encounters with the architecture of the East; cities (especially London), maps, and mapping; the history of architectural theory; mathematics in architectural design. Select publications:  “The English in the Levant:  social networks and the study of architecture,” in The Mirror of Great Britain: National Identity in Seventeenth-Century British Architecture , ed. Olivia H. Turner (Spire Books, 2012), 209-31; Wren's "Tracts" on Architecture and Other Writings (Cambridge University Press, 1998); "The Study of China and Chinese Architecture in Restoration England," Architectura: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Baukunkst/Journal of the History of Architecture, 31:2 (2001): 169-84; "Fasion and the Idea of National Style in Restoration England," Thresholds 22: Fasion (2001): 64-71.

Karla Taylor. Ph.D., Stanford, 1983. Associate Professor. Primary Interests: Chaucer; Dante; middle English literature; fourteenth-century English-Italian literary and cultural relations; medieval ideas of history and literature. Secondary Interests: Narrative theory; medieval Dutch literature; history of the English language; linguistic theory and earlier texts; proverbs. Select publications: "Social Aesthetics and the Emergence of Civic Discourse in the Shipman's Tale and the Tale of Melibee,"Chaucer Review 39(2005): 298-322; "Chaucer's Uncommon Voice: Some New Contexts for Influence," in B.D. Schildgen and L.M. Koff, eds., The Decameron and The Canterbury Tales: New Essays on an Old Question (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000); "Inferno 5 and Troilus and Criseyde Revisited," in R.A. Shoaf, ed., Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, MRTS (SUNY Press, 1992); "Chaucer's Reticent Merchant," in James Dean and Christian Zacher, ed., The Idea of Medieval Literature (University of Delaware Press, 1992); Chaucer Reads The Divine Comedy (Stanford University Press, 1989); "From superbo Ilion to umile Italia: The Acrostic of Paradiso 19" ( Stanford Italian Review, 7, 1987); "A Text and Its Afterlife: Dante and Chaucer" (Comparative Literature, 35, 1983); "Proverbs and the Authentication of Convention in Troilus and Criseyde" (Barney, ed., Chaucer's Troilus: Essays in Criticism, Archon, 1980).

Theresa Tinkle. Ph.D., UCLA, 1989. Associate Professor. Primary Interests: Medieval literature, particularly drama; gender studies; manuscript and early print culture; Jewish studies. Select publications: Chaucer and the Challenges of Medievalism: Studies in Honor of H. A. Kelly, ed. Donka Minkova and Theresa Tinkle (2003); The Iconic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture, ed. George Bornstein and Theresa Tinkle (1998); "Jews in the Fleury Playbook," Comparative Drama (2004); "The Imagined Chaucerian Community of Bodleian MS Fairfax 16," in Chaucer and the Challenges of Medievalism (2003); "Exegesis Reconsidered: The Fleury Slaughter of Innocents and the Myth of Ritual Murder," Journal of English and Germanic Philology (2003); "The Case of the Variable Source: Alan of Lille's De Planctu Naturae, Jean de Meun's Roman de la Rose, and Chaucer's Parliament of Fowls," Studies in the Age of Chaucer; The Iconic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture, co-edited with George Bornstein (UM, 1989); Medieval Venues and Cupids: Sexuality, Hermeneutics, and English Poetry (Stanford, 1996); "The Hearts Eye: Beatific Vision in Purity" Studies in Philology 85 (1988); "Saturn of the Several Faces: A Survey of the Medieval Mythographic Traditions" Viator 18 (1987).

Thomas Toon. Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1975. Associate Professor. Primary Interests: Language variation and socio-historical linguistics (especially the influences of literacy on processes of language change); Old English, early Middle English; early English paleography and manuscript studies; regional and social dialectology. Secondary Interests: Linguistic theory, especially diachronic phonology and syntax; contemporary varieties of English. Select publications: The Politics of Early Old English Sound Change (Academic Press, 1983); "New Methods in Old English Dialectology," in Quantitative Analyses of Linguistic Structure, P. Eckert, ed. (Academic Press, 1986); "Old English Dialects," in Cambridge History of the English Language; other articles on literacy, contemporary American English, lexicography.

Ralph Williams. Ph.D., Michigan, 1969. Professor. Primary Interests: Comparative literature (particularly Greek, Latin, Italian, French, German, Spanish); the theory of literature; English and continental Renaissance Literature; Medieval and Renaissance art history; Bible; Dante, rhetoric; Nietzsche. Secondary Interests: The Pastoral and satire, especially through the eighteenth-century. Select publications: Palimpsest: Editorial Theory in the Humanities (co-editor; University of Michigan Press, 1993); Marcus Hieronymous Vida: De arte poetica (Columbia University, 1976); Love and Death in Late Medieval and Renaissance Literature (University of Michigan Press, 1976).



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