Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Curtis Perry

Professor of English and Classics

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Teaching Interests

Early British literature; history of drama; renaissance drama; Shakespeare; Milton; other interesting things!

Research Interests

Early modern English literature and culture, with an emphasis upon literature's participation in political debate; Senecan tragedy; classical reception; historicist criticism; drama.

Selected Publications


  • Literature and Favoritism in Early Modern England. Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • The Making of Jacobean Culture: James I and the Renegotiation of Elizabethan Literary Practice. Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • Shakespeare and the Middle Ages. Ed. Curtis Perry and John Watkins. Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Material Culture and Cultural Materialism in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Ed. Curtis Perry. Brepols, 2001.
  • Eros and Power in English Renaissance Drama: Five Plays by Marlowe, Davenant, Massinger, Ford, and Shakespeare. Ed. Curtis Perry. McFarland, 2008.

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