Catharine Gray

Associate Professor of English

Teaching Interests

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

Work(s) in Progress

"Civil War and Israelite Identity in Abraham Cowley’s Davideis.” Epic Geographies. Ed. Timothy Duffy. (Forthcoming in the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies series at Palgrave, 2018).

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Seventeenth-century British literature, seventeenth-century war poetry, early modern women's writing, feminist and critical theory, and Milton.



  • Milton Now: Alternative Approaches and Contexts.. Ed. Catharine Gray and Erin Murphy. New York: Palgrave, 2014.
  • Women Writers and Public Debate in Seventeenth-Century Britain. Palgrave, 2007.

Book Contributions

  • "Republics." Emotions in Early Modern Europe: An Introduction. Ed. Susan Broomhall. London: Routledge, 2017.
  • "Reprint, with new forward: Katherine Philips and the Post-Cortly Coterie." The Noble Flame of Katherine Philips: A Poetics of Culture, Politics, and Friendship. Ed. Ryan S. Paul and David Orvis. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2015.
  • "'Wild Civility': Royalist Men at War." Violent Masculinities. Ed. Jennifer Feather and Catherine E. Thomas. New York: Palgrave, 2013.
  • "Women Under Siege.." Attending to Early Modern Women: Conflict, Concord. Ed. Karen Nelson. Delaware: University of Delaware, 2013.
  • "'Tears of the Muses’: 1649 and the Lost Political Bodies of Royalist War Elegy." Gender Matters. Ed. Mara Wade. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 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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