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David Loewenstein

David Loewenstein

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and the Humanities

Department of English
208 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
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Office Phone: (814) 863-8678

Office Hours:

  • FALL 2017: Wednesday 12:30-2:30; and by appointment

Education

  1. Ph.D., University of Virginia
  2. Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (Visiting Ph.D. Research Student)
  3. M.A., University of Virginia
  4. B.A., Oberlin College

Professional Bio

David Loewenstein is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and the Humanities.  His research and teaching interests include: early modern literature and culture from the Reformation to the Restoration; Milton and his contemporaries; English literature in relation to politics and religion; the impact of ancient Greek on early modern literature; book history and textual studies; Shakespeare; literature and war.

He has published widely on early modern English literature and culture.  Recent publications include: Representing Revolution in Milton and His Contemporaries: Religion, Politics, and Polemics in Radical Puritanism (Cambridge UP, 2001); Heresy, Literature, and Politics in Early Modern English Culture (co-editor; Cambridge UP, 2006); The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature (co-editor; Cambridge UP, 2002; paperback, 2006); Early Modern Nationalism and Milton's England (co-editor; U of Toronto P, 2008); The Complete Works of Gerrard Winstanley, 2 vols. (co-editor; Oxford UP, 2009); John Milton, Prose: Major Writings on Liberty, Politics, Religion, and Education (editor; Wiley-Blackwell, 2013); Treacherous Faith: The Specter of Heresy in Early Modern English Literature and Culture (Oxford UP, 2013; paperback edn., 2016); Shakespeare and Early Modern Religion (co-editor, Cambridge UP, 2015).

He has been awarded fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (where he was a Senior Fellow and Helen C. White Professor of English and the Humanities).  He has held Visiting Research Fellowships at Merton College and Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, and at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.  His books have twice won the James Holly Hanford Award of the Milton Society of America for Distinguished Book. In 2006 he was elected Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America, its highest honor.

He recently delivered the Martin Ridge Lecture in Literature at the Huntington Library (2017).

Current research projects: editing Paradise Lost (the first edition to include both the 1667 and 1674 texts of the poem) for the new Oxford University Press edition of The Complete Works of John Milton; writing a book entitled Shakespeare and War: Violence, Politics, Religion, and the Early Modern Dramatic Imagination.

Areas of Specialization

Renaissance Literature

Early modern literature and culture from the Reformation to the Restoration; Milton and his contemporaries; literature in relation to politics and religion; book history and textual studies; Shakespeare; literature and war.

Book History and Textual Studies

With a special interest in early modern print culture.