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Maureen Quilligan, R. Florence Brinkley Distinguished Professor Emerita of English and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

Maureen Quilligan
Office Location:  320 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 681-2149
Email Address:  send me a message

Office Hours:

Tuesdays 11:00am - 1:00pm,
Thursdays 2:00 -4:00pm,
and by appointment

  • Ph.D. Harvard University 1973
  • M.A. University of California - Berkeley 1967
  • B.A. University of California - Berkeley 1965


Renaissance/Early Modern Literature
British Literature
Research Interests:

Maureen Quilligan has as a primary field of interest the Renaissance, with special attention to women and literature. She has published three books The Language of Allegory: Defining the Genre (1979) Milton's Spenser: The Politics of Reading (1983) and The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de Pizan's Cite des Dames (1991). She has also co-edited two volumes of essays titled Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe (1986) and Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture, published in 1996 by Cambridge University Press. 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 has just completed a book on incest and female agency in the Renaissance. She also is at work on two other projects: female political authority in the sixteenth century, and slavery in the Renaissance epic.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Quilligan, M, "Theodor De Bry's voyages to the new and old worlds". Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 41:1 (December, 2011): 1-12. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  2. Quilligan, M, "The Key of Green: Passion and Perception in Renaissance Culture". Modern Language Quarterly 72:2 (January, 2011): 259-262. [doi]
  3.  "Margaret Hannay, Mary Wroth". Renaissance Quarterly  (2011).  [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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