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Martin Elsky
Position: Professor, Brooklyn College. English. Director, Renaissance Studies Certificate Program, Graduate School.
Room Number: 4116.05
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Columbia University.
Research Interests: Early modern literature and history; Elizabethan/Jacobean print culture and the emergence of authorship; Renaissance language theory; 17th-century religious lyric; early modern trans-Atlanticism; history of criticism; Articles Editor of Renaissance Quarterly.
Specialization: Early Modern Literature

Selected Publications:

  • The Place of Literature: Ben Jonson and the Politics of Land in Early Modern England: book on Ben Jonson's country house poems in relation to national, local, and family identity, 1580-1615 (in progress).

  • "Erich Auerbach's Philological Analysis of European Literary History and the Inter-War Cultural Politics of Pauline Theology" (article in progress).

  • Authorizing Words: Speech, Writing, and Print in the English Renaissance, Cornell University Press, 1989.

  • "Re-organizing the Encyclopedia: Vices and Ramus on Medieval Aristotelianism," in The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism. Vol III: Renaissance to Late Seventeenth Century. Ed. Glyn P. Norton, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

  • "George Herbert's Hieroglyphic Poems and the Materiality of Language: A New Approach to Renaissance Hieroglyphics." ELH, 50 (1983), 245-60.