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(p. xix) Contributors

(p. xix) Contributors

Hugh Adlington is Lecturer in English at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of numerous essays on early modern writers, including John Donne, John Milton, and Thomas Browne. He is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook to the Early Modern Sermon, and editor of The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne, Volume 2.

Alastair Bellany is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University. He is the author of The Politics of Court Scandal in Early Modern England: News Culture and the Overbury Affair, 1603–1660 (Cambridge, 2002), and co-editor (with Andrew McRae) of Early Stuart Libels: An Edition of Poetry from Manuscript Sources (2005: He is currently working on a series of projects on the representation and reputation of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, including a book (with Thomas Cogswell) on Buckingham's 1628 assassination.

Patrick Collinson is Emeritus Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Trinity College, an acclaimed historian of post-Reformation English religious history. His The Elizabethan Puritan Movement (1967) was based on a doctoral thesis supervised by Sir John Neale and led to the series of his seminal books and essays, including Archbishop Grindal: The Struggle for a Reformed Church (1979), The Religion of Protestants: The Church in English Society, 1559–1625 (1982), and ‘The Monarchical Republic of Queen Elizabeth I’ (1987).

Lara M. Crowley is Assistant Professor of English at Texas Tech University. Her articles on Renaissance literature and manuscript studies have appeared in Modern Philology, English Manuscript Studies, 1100–1700, John Donne Journal, and English Literary Renaissance, and her studies have been supported by such groups as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is also an assistant editor for the John Donne Letters Project and for The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne: Songs and Sonets. Her current book project is entitled ‘Interpreting Manuscripts: John Donne's Poetry and Prose in Early Modern England’.

Donald R. Dickson, Professor of English at Texas A&M University, is the author of The Tessera of Antilia: Utopian Brotherhoods and Secret Societies in the Early (p. xx) Seventeenth Century (1998) and The Fountain of Living Waters: The Typology of the Waters of Life in Herbert, Vaughan, and Traherne (1987). He has edited (and translated) Thomas and Rebecca Vaughan's Aqua Vitæ: Non Vitis: Or, The radical Humiditie of Nature: Mechanically, and Magically dissected By the Conduct of Fire, and Ferment (2001) and The Poetry of John Donne (Norton Critical Editions, 2007). He has published articles in such journals as Huntington Library Quarterly, Renaissance Quarterly, The Seventeenth Century, Notes and Records of the Royal Society, Renaissance and Reformation, John Donne Journal, and George Herbert Journal, among others. He is associate general editor of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne.

Theresa M. DiPasquale is Associate Professor of English at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. She has won the John Donne Society's Award for Distinguished Publication three times: for Literature and Sacrament: The Sacred and the Secular in John Donne (1999); for ‘Donne's Epigrams: A Sequential Reading’, Modern Philology, 104/3 (2007); and for Refiguring the Sacred Feminine: The Poems of John Donne, Aemilia Lanyer, and John Milton (2008). She is also the author of articles on Renaissance poetry in journals including Philological Quarterly, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, and John Donne Journal. Her current research includes work on Donne's conception of time. She is married to Lee Keene and they have one son, Dominic.

Heather Dubrow, the John D. Boyd, SJ, Chair in the Poetic Imagination at Fordham University, has published six single-authored books, most recently The Challenges of Orpheus: Lyric Poetry and Early Modern England (2008). Her other publications include a co-edited collection of essays, the overview of twentieth-century Shakespeare criticism in The Riverside Shakespeare, and numerous essays on early modern literature and on pedagogy. Also a poet, she is the author of two chapbooks and of poems in many journals.

Kenneth Fincham is Professor of History at the University of Kent. He specializes in the politics and religion of early modern England, and has published Prelate as Pastor: The Episcopate of James I (1990), edited The Early Stuart Church 1603–1642 (1993) and Visitation Articles and Injunctions of the Early Stuart Church (2 vols., 1994–8), and co-authored, with Nicholas Tyacke, Altars Restored: The Changing Face of English Religious Worship 1547–c.1700 (2007). Currently he is working on the Church of England in the period 1640–65. He is also one of the Directors of the Database of the Church of England 1540–1835 (

Dennis Flynn is Professor of English at Bentley University. He is author of John Donne and the Ancient Catholic Nobility (1995), as well as numerous essays; co-editor (with M. Thomas Hester and Robert P. Sorlien) of John Donne's Marriage Letters at The Folger Shakespeare Library (2005); and an Assistant Textual Editor of The Variorum (p. xxi) Edition of the Poetry of John Donne. At present he is an editor of The Oxford Edition of the Prose Letters of Donne, with M. Thomas Hester and Ernest W. Sullivan, II.

Alexandra Gajda is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Birmingham. She is writing a monograph on Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex, and late Elizabethan political culture.

Andrew Gordon coordinates the English programme at the University of Aberdeen, where he is also Co-Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies. He is the author of articles on diverse aspects of Renaissance culture, from early modern correspondence and manuscript circulation to libels and civic space. He has co-edited collections on literature and mapping and on urban citizenship, and a monograph entitled Writing the City is forthcoming.

Achsah Guibbory is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of English at Barnard College, Columbia University. She has published numerous articles and essays on seventeenth-century literature and culture, as well as several books, the most recent of which are Ceremony and Community from Herbert to Milton (1998) and The Cambridge Companion to John Donne (2006). Her book Christian Identity, Jews, and Israel in Seventeenth-Century England is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Paul E. J. Hammer is Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His publications include The Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics: The Political Career of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1585–1597 (1999), Elizabeth's Wars: War, Government and Society in Tudor England, 1544–1604 (2003), Warfare in Early Modern Europe (edited, Ashgate, 2007), and many articles on Elizabethan politics and political culture. He is currently completing a book on the Essex Rising and the end of Elizabethan politics.

Dayton Haskin teaches English and comparative literature at Boston College. He is the author of Milton's Burden of Interpretation and of John Donne in the Nineteenth Century and is also a contributing editor to The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne. He has written on a range of topics related to Donne, including the Sermons, the erotic and the religious poems, the first American editions of the poetry, the biography, and the history of the writer's reputation. At present he is studying the early fabrication of a literature curriculum in American colleges at the end of the nineteenth century and writing a book on what happened to Shakespeare and Milton when they were turned into academic subjects.

Simon Healy is Senior Researcher at the History of Parliament Trust, London, and author of 244 articles in The House of Commons 1604–29, ed. J. P. Ferris and A. D. Thrush (forthcoming, 2010). Research interests include state formation, English (p. xxii) Crown finances 1540–1640, the confessional state, political culture, the north of England, Wales, and the Marches during the early modern period.

Judith Scherer Herz is Professor of English at Concordia University, Montreal. Her publications include numerous articles on Donne, Milton, and seventeenth-century writing. Her current research focuses on the presence of Donne in modern and contemporary poetry. She has also published two books on E. M. Forster as well as articles on Forster and Leonard Woolf. She is a former President of ACCUTE (the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English) and of the John Donne Society.

M. Thomas Hester, Alumni Distinguished Professor of English at North Carolina State University, is author/editor of numerous books and articles on Renaissance literature—most recently, Donne's Marriage Letters in the Folger Shakespeare Library (with Dennis Flynn and Robert P. Sorlien) and Talking Renaissance Texts: Essays on the Humanist Tradition (with Jeffrey Kahan). At present he is an editor of The Oxford Edition of the Prose Letters of Donne, with Dennis Flynn and Ernest W. Sullivan, II. He is also editor of the John Donne Journal.

Arnold Hunt is a curator of manuscripts at the British Library. His publications include The Art of Hearing: English Preachers and their Audiences 1590–1640 (2010). He is currently editing Donne's Sermons at St Dunstan's for the forthcoming Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne.

Jeffrey Johnson is Department Chair and Professor of English at East Carolina University. He is the author of The Theology of John Donne, a past president of the John Donne Society, and associate chief editor of the Commentary for The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne.

Gregory Kneidel is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut. He is author of Rethinking the Turn to Religion in Early Modern English Literature (2008) and is working on a book on Donne and law.

Albert C. Labriola died on 11 March 2009, but not before completing with grace and dispatch two essays for this Handbook. At Duquesne University he had been acting dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, distinguished university professor, Professor of English, and was celebrated internationally as a Renaissance scholar. A member of the Donne Variorum Advisory Board, he was volume commentary editor for the Songs and Sonets, a past president of the John Donne Society, and a founding member of the organization.

Clayton D. Lein is Professor of English at Purdue University. He is editor of British Prose Writers of the Early Seventeenth Century (1995) and has published widely in (p. xxiii) such journals as English Literary Renaissance, John Donne Journal, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Studies in English Literature, Comparative Literature, and University of Toronto Quarterly. He has won many teaching awards, including the ‘Teacher of the Year’ award from the Indiana Humanities Council (1993), and has been inducted into Purdue's Book of Great Teachers. His most recent article, ‘At the Porch to the Temple: Herbert's Progress to Bemerton’, will appear in George Herbert's Pastoral: New Essays on the Poet and Priest of Bemerton (2010).

Lynne Magnusson is Professor of English at the University of Toronto. She has published extensively on Shakespeare's language, early modern women's writing, the genre of the letter, and discourse analysis, and is the author of Shakespeare and Social Dialogue, a co-author of Reading Shakespeare's Dramatic Language, and co-editor of The Elizabethan Theatre, vols. XI–XV. The recent recipient of a Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship, she is working to complete The Transformation of the English Letter, 1520–1620, the Norton Critical Edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets, and a study offering historicist approaches to the language of Shakespeare's early plays.

Margaret Maurer, the William Henry Crawshaw Professor of Literature at Colgate University, has published essays on Donne's verse and prose letters. She also writes on Shakespeare and is an editor, with Barry Gaines, of Three Shrew Plays (2010).

Steven W. May is adjunct Professor of English at Emory University, Atlanta, and Senior Research Fellow at Sheffield University. His books include The Elizabethan Courtier Poets (1991), an edition of Queen Elizabeth I: Selected Works (2004), and Elizabethan Poetry: A Bibliography and First-Line Index of English Verse, 1559–1603 (2004). His research interests centre on English Renaissance manuscript culture, the Tudor court, and editing early modern documents.

Peter McCullough is Fellow and Tutor in English at Lincoln College, Oxford. He is author of Sermons at Court: Religion and Politics in Elizabethan and Jacobean Preaching (Cambridge, 1998), numerous articles on early modern religious writing and publishing, and editor of Lancelot Andrewes: Selected Sermons and Lectures (Oxford, 2006). He is the general editor of The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne (Oxford, forthcoming).

Anthony Milton is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Sheffield and author of Catholic and Reformed: The Roman and Protestant Churches in English Protestant Thought 1600–1640 (1995) and Laudian and Royalist Polemic in Seventeenth-Century England: The Career and Writings of Peter Heylyn (2007). He is the editor of The British Delegation and the Synod of Dort 1619–19 (2005) and has also written articles on censorship, the public sphere, Anglo-Palatine relations, and other aspects (p. xxiv) of religious politics in seventeenth-century England. He is currently working on a monograph provisionally entitled ‘England's Second Reformation: The Battle for the Church of England 1636–66’.

Kate Narveson is an Associate Professor of English at Luther College, where she teaches medieval and Renaissance literature. She has published on John Donne, George Herbert, and other early modern devotional writers, on methodological issues in studying religion and literature, and on the trope of poetic immortality. She is currently working on a book-length study of the ways in which lay Scripture literacy led to the rise of a culture of devotional writing among ordinary men and women in early modern England.

Anne Lake Prescott teaches at Barnard College and Columbia University. The author of French Poets and the English Renaissance and Imagining Rabelais in Renaissance England, as well as co-editor of Female and Male Voices in Early Modern England: A Renaissance Anthology and Renaissance Historicisms, she has published essays on Thomas More, Clément Marot, Marguerite de Navarre, Louise Labé, Philip Sidney, Michael Drayton, Renaissance jokes, England's rejection of the Gregorian Calendar, and early modern psalmody. Co-editor of Spenser Studies and of an Ashgate series of texts by or concerning early modern women, she is a former president of the Sixteenth Century Society and member of the board of the Renaissance Society of America. She is on the editorial board of SEL, the Sidney Journal, and the John Donne Journal.

Michael W. Price died on 11 May 2006, leaving among his papers the drafts of two essays for this volume. He was 41, had earned his doctoral degree from Purdue University, and was Professor of English at Grove City College in western Pennsylvania. He wrote, presented, and published a number of essays on Donne and was a member of the John Donne Society.

Emma Rhatigan is Lecturer in Early Modern Literature in the School of Literature, Language, and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield. She is currently writing a book on preaching at Lincoln's Inn and editing a volume of Donne's Lincoln's Inn Sermons for The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne (forthcoming). She is also co-editing, with Hugh Adlington and Peter McCullough, the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Sermon in Early Modern Britain.

Graham Roebuck is Professor Emeritus at McMaster University, where, for more than forty years, he taught Humanities and English Literature. He continues to pursue his interests in early modern studies. Early works include Clarendon and Cultural Continuity—‘definitive’ and ‘indispensable’ for the study of Clarendon's works and the literature of the English Civil Wars. Recent works include The Mysterious and (p. xxv) the Foreign in Early Modern England (2008), co-edited with M. Silcox and H. Ostovich. Since 1986 he has been Director of the McMaster Stratford Seminars on Shakespeare and the Theatre. He is past president of the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium and past president (2004–5) of the John Donne Society.

Jeanne Shami is Professor of English at the University of Regina, where she has taught since 1977, and author of John Donne and Conformity in Crisis in the Late Jacobean Pulpit (2003). In 1992 she discovered a manuscript sermon by John Donne (corrected in his own hand), and published her findings in 1996 as John Donne's 1622 Gunpowder Plot Sermon: A Parallel-Text Edition. She is past president of the John Donne Society and has won three of its awards for distinguished publication (1996, 2000, 2003). Currently, she is serving as a consulting editor to The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne and as an assistant editor of The Oxford Edition of the Letters of John Donne. She is also commentary editor for the Verse Letters volume of the Donne Variorum project, and a member of its Advisory Board.

Alison Shell teaches in the English Department at University College London. She was formerly Professor in the Department of English Studies at Durham University. She has written Catholicism, Controversy and the English Literary Imagination, 1558–1660 (1999) and Oral Culture and Catholicism in Early Modern England (2007), as well as several articles and book chapters on early modern literature and religion.

Debora Shuger is a UCLA Distinguished Professor of English and author of Censorship and Cultural Sensibility (2006), Political Theologies in Shakespeare's England (2001), The Renaissance Bible (1994), Habits of Thought in the English Renaissance (1990), and Sacred Rhetoric (1988), as well as numerous articles on early modern culture, religion, and literature.

Camille Wells Slights, Professor Emerita, University of Saskatchewan, is the author of articles on early modern literature published in such journals as PMLA, English Literary History, and Shakespeare Quarterly and two books, The Casuistical Tradition in Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert, and Milton (1981) and Shakespeare's Comic Commonwealths (1993). She received the Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication in the John Donne Journal for 1993. After retiring from teaching in 2004 she moved to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where she continued to work on a study of the conscience and of constructions of subjectivity in seventeenth-century British literature. She died in July 2009, a few days after submitting the present article to the editors.

Malcolm Smuts is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Boston and author of numerous publications on the politics and political culture of early Stuart England, including Court Culture and the Origins of a Royalist Tradition in England (1987) and Culture and Power in England 1585–1685 (1998).

Johann Sommerville is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His publications include Royalists and Patriots: Politics and Ideology in England 1603–1640 (1999), and editions of the political writings of King James VI and I and Sir Robert Filmer in the series Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought.

Kirsten Stirling is maître d’enseignement et de recherche in English literature at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and has an MA and PhD from the University of Glasgow. Her research interests include John Donne's Holy Sonnets, word/image approaches to literary texts, and Scottish literature. She is the author of Bella Caledonia: Woman, Nation, Text (2008).

Gary A. Stringer is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, Research Professor of English at Texas A&M University, and the general editor of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne.

Ernest W. Sullivan, II is the Edward S. Diggs Endowed Chair in English at Virginia Tech. He has authored The Influence of John Donne: His Uncollected Seventeenth-Century Printed Verse; edited Biathanatos by John Donne, The First and Second Dalhousie Manuscripts: Poems and Prose by John Donne and Others, The Harmony of the Muses; and co-edited Puzzles in Paper: Concepts in Historical Watermarks; vols. 2, 6, 7, and 8 of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne; and vols. 1 and 2 of The Complete Works of Abraham Cowley. He is co-proprietor of The Thomas L. Gravell Watermark Archive: An Online Database of Watermarks from the 15th–19th Centuries. He is a senior textual editor for The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, general textual editor for The Complete Works of Abraham Cowley, and a past president of the John Donne Society.

Claude J. Summers is William E. Stirton Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at the University of Michigan–Dearborn. He has published widely on Renaissance and modern literature. A past president of the John Donne Society of America, he is general editor of—an online encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer culture.

Richard Todd is Professor of British Literature after 1500 at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He is the author of The Opacity of Signs: Acts of Interpretation in George Herbert's ‘The Temple’ (1986). He has also published widely on non-dramatic aspects of early modern British literature, including several case studies on Constantijn Huygens's draft manuscript translations of scribal originals of poems by John Donne (now in the possession of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek [Royal Library] in The Hague), in English Manuscript Studies (2002) and elsewhere. He is (p. xxvii) currently serving on the editorial team of the Songs and Sonnets volume 4 of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne (1995– )

R. V. Young is Professor of English at North Carolina State University and a former editor of the John Donne Journal. He is currently the editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review. His book Doctrine and Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Poetry (2000) won the annual award for the best contribution to Donne studies in 2002. His bilingual edition of Justus Lipsius’ Concerning Constancy is forthcoming.