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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 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”).
  • 17 March 2019 (4-5:30 p.m.): I’m presenting a paper, “Lyric Bureaucracy: Andrew Marvell and the Aesthetics of Efficiency” at an Andrew Marvell Society panel at The Renaissance Society of American Conference in Toronto. I’m on the panel with Nicholas von Maltzahn, Ed Holberton, and Jack Avery.
  • October 2018: A new issue of Marvell Studies (vol. 3, no. 2) has just appeared. It includes essays by Joan Faust and Laura Seymour, a short article by Nicholas von Maltzahn, and reviews of books by George Klawitter and A.D. Cousins, as well as a collection of essays edited by Matthew Augustine and Steven Zwicker.
  • January 2018: My essay on Andrew Marvell’s verse satire and the nature of value, “Literalizing Value: Poetry, Evaluation, and the Market in Marvell’s ‘The Last Instructions,'” appeared in Marvell Studies.

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