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Garrett Sullivan

Garrett Sullivan

Liberal Arts Professor of English

209 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-0595

Office Hours:

  • Monday 1:30-3:30; Tuesday 12:30-1:30; and by appointment.
  • Please email me to schedule a time to meet and also for a Zoom link.

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D. Brown University, English, 1995
  2. B.A. Davidson College, English, 1983

Professional Bio

Garrett Sullivan is the author of The Drama of Landscape: Land, Property, and Social Relations on the Early Modern Stage (1998), Memory and Forgetting in English Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare, Marlowe, Webster (2005) and Sleep, Romance and Human Embodiment: Vitality from Spenser to Milton (2012). He has also edited numerous works, among which are The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy (with Emma Smith, 2010), Environment and Embodiment in Early Modern England (with Mary Floyd-Wilson, 2007), Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion (with Patrick Cheney and Andrew Hadfield, 2007), and the Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (co-general editor with Alan Stewart, 2012).  How to Build a Life in the Humanities: Meditations on the Academic Work-Life Balance (co-edited with Greg Semenza) appeared in 2015 and Geographies of Embodiment in Early Modern England (co-edited with Mary Floyd-Wilson) was published in 2020.  He has served as co-editor of Shakespeare Studies, has published in journals such as Studies in Romanticism, ELH, Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Drama and Spenser Studies, has been a trustee for the Shakespeare Association of America, and served on the Shakespeare Division Executive Committee of the MLA. His work has been supported by the Newberry Library, the National Endowment of the Humanities and the Folger Shakespeare Library. He has also co-curated two exhibitions at the Folger, one focused on early modern conceptions of history and the other on period ideas about sleeping and dreaming.  Along with Julie Sanders, he is co-editor of the Oxford University Press book series Early Modern Literary Geographies.

Sullivan teaches courses on early modern English literature and culture, especially drama. His research interests include the histories of emotion, cognition and embodiment (especially in relation to forgetting and sleep); period conceptions of generation, vitality and humanness; British World War 2 film, especially the works of Powell and Pressburger; the relationship between literary genre and early modern experiences of embodiment; and cartography, geography and early modern conceptions of land.

Areas of Specialization

Renaissance Literature

with particular interest in Renaissance drama, especially Shakespeare and Marlowe, embodiment and cognition, and early modern cartography