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Ryan Netzley is Professor of English at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is also the editor of Marvell Studies. His research focuses on Renaissance lyric poetry, critical and poststructuralist theory, poetics and reading practices, and Reformation theology. Continue reading

News and Events

  • March 2020: My omnibus review of recent work on the English Renaissance appeared in SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900. It’s currently free to download, as are all the other volumes of SEL available through Project Muse.
  • November 2019: The most recent issue of Marvell Studies (vol. 4, no. 2) appeared. It contains essays by Stephen Spencer (on the political valences of weeping, especially Cromwell’s weeping, for revolutionary Protestants), and Adam Patrick Strömbergsson-DeNora (on Neoplatonic love as a political principle in the Mower poems and “The Definition of Love”). In addition, this issue contains a review of Melissa Schoenberger’s Cultivating Peace. The Virgilian Georgic in English, 1650-1750.
  • March 2019: “This is Money,” my review essay on Scott Ferguson’s Declarations of Dependence, has just appeared in Provocations. Ferguson’s book argues that the austerity and atomization characteristic of the classical definition of money stem from Duns Scotus’ notion of haecceity (“thisness”) and its challenge to Thomism’s creative abundance. It also argues that Modern Monetary Theory gives art the capacity to do more than compensate for capitalism’s rapaciousness (as in the formula “money enslaves, but art saves”).

Acts of Reading

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Acts of Reading: Interpretation, Reading Practices, and the Idea of the Book in John Foxe’s Actes and Monuments, co-edited with Thomas P. Anderson, is available from the University of Delaware Press, via Rowman and Littlefield. Contributors to the volume explore the relationship between digital and early modern texts and their impact on reading practices. It’s been reviewed in Prose Studies, SEL, Renaissance Quarterly, and Renaissance and Reformation