Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Catharine Gray

Associate Professor of English

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Teaching Interests

Early modern women's writing, Shakespeare, Milton, seventeenth-century poetry and prose, non-Shakespearean drama, classical and early modern war literature, US literature on the Iraq war.

Research Interests

My second book project locates mid-seventeenth-century poetry within both the messy material realities of early modern warfare and the busy, emerging news culture that increasingly reported these realities. In doing so, it reveals a body of war poetry heavily invested in exploring the violent subjectivities, paradoxical self-divisions, bloody oppositions, and irresolvable ethical impasses of civil war.

Selected Publications


  • Women Writers and Public Debate in Seventeenth-Century Britain. Palgrave, 2007.

Book Contributions

  • "“Wild Civility: Royalist Men at War”." Violent Masculinities. New York: Palgrave, 2013.

Journal Articles

  • "Katherine Philips in Ireland." English Literary Renaissance 39.3 (2009): 557-585.
  • "Katherine Philips and the Post-Courtly Coterie." English Literary Renaissance 32.3.2002 (2002): 426-51.
  • "Feeding on the Seed of the Woman’: Dorothy Leigh and the Figure of Maternal Dissent." English Literary History 68 (2001): 563-92.

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Works in Progress

  • Edited book collection, with Erin Murphy of Boston University: Milton Now: 25 Years After Re-membering Milton.
  • Monograph: Unmaking Britain: Poetry and War in the Seventeenth Century.
  • “‘Tears of the Muses’: 1649 and the Lost Political Bodies of Royalist War Elegy." Gender Matters. Ed. Mara Wade. Amsterdam: Rodopi
  • “Marvell and the Time of War” Transforming Early Modern Identities. Ed. Sarah Lewis and Emily Sherwood.