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Richard McCoy
Position: Distinguished Professor, Queens College. English.
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Phone: 212-817-8332
Office Hours: Fridays by appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley.
Research Interests: Late medieval and early modern periods; 16th- and 17th-century English literature; Skelton, More, Sidney, Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton; Renaissance and Reformation politics, religion, and culture; ritual and iconography; new historicism and cultural poetics.
Chronological Period Specialization: Renaissance/Early Modern Literature|Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature


Selected Publications:

  • Alterations of State: Sacred Kingship in the English Reformation. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002. A study of Skelton, Shakespeare, Milton, and Marvell ranging from the beginnings of the Tudor dynasty to the Glorious Revolution. Honorable Mention, Association of American Scholars, Scholarly Publishing Division Awards.

  • The Rites of Knighthood: The Literature and Politics of Elizabethan Chivalry. The New Historicism: Studies in Cultural Poetics, 7. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989.

  • Sir Philip Sidney: Rebellion in Arcadia. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1979. Nominated for the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell Prize, the Explicator Literary Foundation Award, and the Northeastern Graduate Schools Association Award, 1980.

  • "Church and State in the New World," in The World of 1607 (Jamestown Centenary catalogue), ed. David Armitage (forthcoming).

  • "'The Grace of Grace' and Double-Talk in Macbeth. Shakespeare Survey 57 (2004): 27-37.

  • "Shakespearean Tragedy and Religious Identity." The Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare's Tragedies. Ed. Jean Howard and Richard Dutton. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003. 290-325.

  • "Shakespeare and Kingship." Guide to the Season's Plays. Washington, D.C.: The Shakespeare Theatre, 2003. 8-12.

  • "'Look Upon Me Sir': Relationships in King Lear. Representations 81 (2003):46-60.

  • "A Wedding and Four Funerals: Conjunction and Commemoration in Hamlet." Shakespeare Survey 54 (2001): 122-39.

  • "Loves Martyrs: Shakespeare's 'Phoenix and Turtle' and the Sacrificial Sonnets." Religion and Culture in Renaissance England. Ed. Debora Shuger and Claire McEachern. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. 188-208.

  • "Eulogies to Elegies: Poetic Distance in Spenser's April Eclogue." Soundings of Things Done: Essays in Honor of S.K. Heninger. Ed. Peter E. Medine and Joseph Wittreich. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1997. 52-69.

  • "Old English Honour in an Evil Time: Aristocratic Principle in the 1620s." Ed. R. Malcolm Smuts. The Stuart Court and Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. 133-56.

  • "The Queen and Her Lords of Liberty." in The Reign of Elizabeth I: Court and Culture in the Last Decade. John Guy, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995; 212-228.

  • "'Thou Idol Ceremony': Elizabeth I, the Henriad, and the Rites of the English Monarch." Urban Life in the Renaissance. Susan Zimmerman and Ron Weissman, eds. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1989; 240-266.

  • "From the Tower to the Tiltyard: Robert Dudley's Return to Glory." Historical Journal, 27 (1984), 425-435.

Work in Progress:

  • Performative Grace in Shakespeare's Plays. A study of links between Reformation liturgical theology and contemporary performance theory in early modern drama.