Biography

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Ryan Netzley is Professor of English at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His research focuses on Renaissance lyric poetry, critical and poststructuralist theory, poetics and reading practices, and Reformation theology. His most recent book is Lyric Apocalypse: Milton, Marvell, and the Nature of Events (Fordham UP, 2015), an examination of Milton’s and Marvell’s attempts to conceive of apocalyptic change in the present.  He is also the author of Reading, Desire, and the Eucharist in Early Modern Religious Poetry (University of Toronto Press, 2011), which examines the impact of sacramental presence on our understanding of desire, love, and reading in Renaissance religious verse: namely, how do we desire a god that we do not lack? He is currently at work on two projects: “Lyric Exchanges: Seventeenth-Century Poetry, Free Trade, and the Invention of Value” shows how seventeenth-century verse advances structures of valuation different than those of a comparative market economy; “Learning from Poetry: Renaissance Verse and the Problems of Modern Education” explores the depiction of learning in Renaissance poetry, especially the ways in which it jars with modern assumptions about education.

At Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, he teaches courses on seventeenth-century lyric, Milton, and the value of literary reading, in addition to surveys of early modern British literature and the occasional introduction to Shakespeare.

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