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Research Interests for Maureen Quilligan

Research Interests: Renaissance Literature

Maureen Quilligan has as a primary field of interest in the Renaissance, with special attention to women and literature. She has published four books: The Language of Allegory: Defining the Genre (1979) Milton's Spenser: The Politics of Reading (1983), The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de Pizan's Cite des Dames (1991) and Incest and Agency in Elizabeth's England (2005). She has also co-edited three volumes of essays titled Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe (1986) and Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture(1996) and Rereading the Black Legend: the Discourses of Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires (2008). Among other fellowships she has held a Guggenheim and an ACLS and was awarded the Sidonie Clauss Prize for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities at Yale (1983) as well as the Undergraduate Advisory Board Teaching Prize at the University of Pennsylvania (1997). She is at work on two current projects: female political authority in the sixteenth century, and slavery in the Renaissance epic.

Areas of Interest:

British Literature
Early Modern Literature
British & Continental Literature

Recent Publications
  1. Quilligan, M, Theodor De Bry's voyages to the new and old worlds, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 41 no. 1 (December, 2011), pp. 1-12, Duke University Press, ISSN 1082-9636 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  2. Quilligan, M, The Key of Green: Passion and Perception in Renaissance Culture, Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 72 no. 2 (January, 2011), pp. 259-262, Duke University Press, ISSN 0026-7929 [doi]
  3. Margaret Hannay, Mary Wroth, Renaissance Quarterly (2011), University of Chicago Press [abs]
  4. Bruce R. Smith, The Key of Green, Modern Philology (2011) [abs]
  5. Quilligan, M, Review of Bruce R. Smith's The Key of Green, Modern Philology (2011) [abs]

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