Don Wayne did graduate work at Hunter College (CUNY) and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes (Paris) before receiving his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego in 1975. He taught at Ohio State University prior to joining the UCSD faculty in 1975. He has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, and the ACLS. His research interests include: early modern studies; US culture from 1945-60; history of literary studies in education; theory and interdisciplinary studies. He is known for his work on Ben Jonson, and has published essays on the social construction of literary and cultural studies in the US and the UK.
"Poetry and Power in Ben Jonson's Epigrammes: The Naming of 'Facts' or the Figuring of Social Relations?," Renaissance and Modern Studies, 23 (1979): 79-103.
"Gnosis Without Praxis: On the Dissemination of European Criticism and Theory in the United States," Helios, n.s. 7.2 (1979-80): 1-26. Chinese trans., Chung-Wai Literary Monthly, 10.2 (July 1981): 74-100.
"'Drama and Society in the Age of Jonson:' An Alternative View," Renaissance Drama, n.s. 13 (1982): 102-129. Rpt. in Renaissance Drama as Cultural History, ed. Mary Beth Rose. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1990: 3-29.
"Mediation and Contestation: English Classicism from Sidney to Jonson," Criticism, 25.3 (1983): 211-237. Rpt. in Renaissance Poetry (A Longman Critical Reader), ed. Christina Malcolmson. London and New York: Longman, 1998: 178-202.
Penshurst: The Semiotics of Place and the Poetics of History. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press; London: Methuen, 1985.
"Power, Politics, and the Shakespearean Text: Recent Criticism in England and the United States," Shakespeare Reproduced, eds. Jean Howard and Marion O'Connor. London: Methuen, 1987: 47-67.
"Jonson's Sidney: Legacy and Legitimation in The Forest," Sir Philip Sidney's Achievements, ed. M.J.B. Allen et al. New York: AMS, 1990: 227-250.
"New Historicism," Encyclopedia of Literature and Criticism, ed. Martin Coyle et al. London: Routledge, 1991: 791-805.
"The 'Exchange of Letters:' Early Modern Contradictions and Postmodern Conundrums," The Consumption of Culture 1600-1800: Image, Object, Text, eds. Ann Bermingham and John Brewer. London: Routledge, 1995: 143-165.
"'A More Safe Survey:' Social-Property Relations, Hegemony, and the Rhetoric of Country Life," Soundings of Things Done: Essays in Early Modern Literature in Honor of S. K. Heninger, Jr., eds. Peter E. Medine and Joseph Wittreich. Newark: University of Delaware Press; London: Associated University Presses, 1997.
"'Pox on your distinction!:' Humanist Reformation and Deformations of the Everyday in The Staple of News," Renaissance Culture and the Everyday, eds. Patricia Fumerton and Simon Hunt. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999: 67-91.