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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. Continue reading


News and Events

  • January 25, 2018 (5 p.m.): I’m giving a presentation, “Learning from Debt: Productivity, Exchange, and Value in Paradise Lost,” at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. The paper argues that Paradise Lost presents debt, despite God’s own positive evocations of it, as an impediment to learning and conversion. In its stead, the epic advances a notion of solitary valuing that’s very much at odds with the more expansive notions of reading and learning present in Milton’s earlier prose tracts, especially Areopagitica.
  • April 20-21, 2018: I will present a paper, ““Speculative Praise: Milton, Herrick, and the Value of Encomia,” at the 13th Canada Milton Seminar, sponsored by the University of Toronto. Please see the link for registration information. There’s also a poster for the event.
  • September 2017: My essay on Andrew Marvell’s “The Garden,” “Sameness and the Poetics of Non-Relation,” just appeared in the most recent issue of PMLA. It examines the relationship between creativity and subtraction in Marvell’s verse and forms part of my current project on value and exchange in seventeenth-century lyric.
  • August 2017: Milton’s Modernities, edited by Feisal Mohamed and Patrick Fadely, has just appeared from Northwestern University Press. It includes my essay, “Learning from History: Empiricism, Likeness, and Liberty in Paradise Lost, Books 11-12.” There’s also a promotional flyer that includes a discount code for the paperback edition.
  • March 2017: I received the College of Liberal Arts Scholarly Excellence Award at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

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