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 a monograph, “Unlearning Value: Speculative Praise and Complimentary Trade in Seventeenth-Century Lyric,” that examines conceptions of value in encomiastic and epideictic lyrics by Jonson, Donne, Marvell, Herbert, Traherne, Herrick, and Milton and explores their influence on modern notions of aesthetic and economic value. He is also co-editing, with Kimberly Johnson, “Lyric Temporalities,” a collection of essays that explores lyric portraits of time, history, and futurity and the impact of these conceptions on literary critical notions of allusion, influence, and literary history.
At Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, he teaches courses on seventeenth-century lyric, Milton, literary theory, and the value of literary reading, in addition to surveys of early modern British literature and the occasional introduction to Shakespeare.