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Louis Montrose

Ph.D. (UC San Diego)

Rebeca Hickel Emeritus Professor of Elizabethan Studies
Distinguished Professor of English Literature


Guggenheim Fellow
University of California President's Fellowship in the Humanities

Elizabethan writing, performance, and visual cultures; Early Modern Studies; Cultural History and Theory

Selected Publications:

The Subject of Elizabeth: Authority, Gender, and Representation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2006.

"Spenser and the Elizabethan Political Imaginary," ELH 69 (2002), 907-46.

"Elizabeth hinter dem Spiegel: Die Ein-Bildung der zwei Körper der Königin" ["Elizabeth Through the Looking-Glass: Picturing the Queen’s Two Bodies"]. In Der Körper der Königin: Geschlecht und Herrschaft in der höfischen Welt seit 1500, ed. Regina Schulte. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2002: 67-98.

"Idols of the Queen: Policy, Gender, and the Picturing of Elizabeth I," Representations 68 (Fall 1999), 108-61.

The Purpose of Playing: Shakespeare and the Cultural Politics of the Elizabethan Theatre. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1996. Chapters rpt. In Shakespearean Criticism (1999); The Harcourt Brace Anthology of Drama (1999); A Shakespeare Reader: Sources and Criticism (2000).

"Spenser's Domestic Domain: Poetry, Property, and the Early Modern Subject." In Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture, ed. M. de Grazia, et al. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1996: 83-130.

"New Historicisms," in Redrawing the Boundaries: The Transformation of English and American Literary Studies, ed. S.Greenblatt and G.Gunn. New York: MLA, 1992: 392-418. Chinese trans. (1992); Korean trans. (1998); Spanish trans. (1998).

"The Work of Gender in the Discourse of Discovery" Representations 33 (Winter 1991), 1-41. Rpt. In New World Encounters (1992); Discourses of Sexuality: From Aristotle to AIDS (1992); Renaissance Literature and the New World (1996).

"Professing the Renaissance: The Poetics and Politics of Culture," in The New Historicism, ed. H. A. Veeser. New York and London: Routledge, 1989: 15-36. Japanese trans. (1993); German trans. (1995); Italian trans. (1997). Rpt. In Twentieth-Century Literary Theory (1998); Literary Theory (1998).

"The Elizabethan Subject and the Spenserian Text." In Literary Theory / Renaissance Texts, ed. P. Parker and D. Quint. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1986: 303-40. Rpt. In Edmund Spenser’s Poetry: A Norton Critical Edition (1993).

"Of Gentlemen and Shepherds: The Politics of Elizabethan Pastoral Form," ELH 50 (1983), 415-59. Rpt. In Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800 (2001).

'Shaping Fantasies': Figurations of Gender and Power in Elizabethan Culture," Representations 2 (Spring 1983), 61-94. Rpt. In Representing the Renaissance (1988); The New Historicism and Renaissance Drama (1992); Shakespearean Criticism (1996); Macmillan New Casebook: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1998); Shakespeare and Gender (1999); Literary Theories: A Reader and Guide (1999); A Shakespeare: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1945-2000 (2003).

"'The place of a brother' in As You Like It: Social Process and Comic Form," Shakespeare Quarterly 32 (1981), 28-54. Rpt. In Shakespearean Criticism (1987); As You Like It: Modern Critical Interpretations (1988); Materialist Shakespeare (1995); Japanese trans. (1999).

"'Eliza, Queene of Shepheardes' and the Pastoral of Power," English Literary Renaissance 10 (1980), 153-82. Rpt. In Renaissance Historicism (1987); The New Historicism Reader (1993); The Mysteries of Elizabeth I (2003).

"'The perfecte paterne of a Poete': The Poetics of Courtship in The Shepheardes Calender," Texas Studies in Literature and Language 21 (1979), 34-67. Rpt. In Critical Essays on Edmund Spenser (1996); Spenser (Longman Critical Readers Series), (1996).

"Celebration and Insinuation: Sir Philip Sidney and the Motives of Elizabethan Courtship," Renaissance Drama, new series, 8 (1977), 3-35. Rpt. In Renaissance Drama as Cultural History (1990).

Editorial Boards: English Literary Renaissance; Renaissance Drama.