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Jonathan Lamb

Assistant Professor

3124 Wescoe Hall

Ph.D. (Texas at Austin)

Areas of Research
Early modern drama, especially Shakespeare; bibliography and textual studies; Renaissance poetry and prose; rhetoric and poetics; literature and science; digital humanities.

Selected Publications
“Parentheses and Privacy in Philip Sidney’s Arcadia,” Studies in Philology 107, no. 3 (Summer 2010): 310-35.

American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship (2009-2010)

Faculty Profile
My primary field of study is Shakespeare and early modern drama, but my interests and expertise cover the whole range of Renaissance English writings. Again and again, I return to writers such as Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, John Milton, and Francis Bacon, among plenty of others. More broadly, I study Renaissance humanism, rhetoric, and poetics, as well as the complex relationship (in the Renaissance and today) between literature and science. I am also deeply engaged with the field/methodology of bibliography and textual studies, stemming from work at various libraries in the US and UK. Overall, I am interested in the complex relationship between the various aspects of text and the ideas and stories presented in those texts. I study, in other words, the dynamic between how texts and writers say things and what they say. To my mind, this line of inquiry constitutes one of the chief ways in which literary and cultural study impacts the world.

My current book project investigates the way Shakespeare responded to—and powerfully shaped—the early modern English literary marketplace in and through the “thick” formal features of his works. Whether writing for the page, the stage, or both, Shakespeare wrote in constant interchange with other writers, writings, trends, and ideas. I argue that this interchange occurs first and foremost at the verbal, formal level, and as a result we can understand Shakespeare’s writing practice only by scrutinizing the formal features of his works and showing how they circulated in an economy of imaginative writing.

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