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Marcy North

Marcy North

Associate Professor of English

Penn State Representative to the Folger Shakespeare Library

English Honors Adviser

409 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-9703

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  • FALL 2017:


  1. Ph.D. University of Michigan
  2. B.A. Wesleyan University

Professional Bio

Recent Publications:

“Early Modern Anonymity” Oxford Handbooks Online, ed. Colin Burrow (Oxford University Press, November, 2015), pdf pp. 1-27.

“Household Scribes and the Production of Literary Manuscripts in Early Modern England,” The Journal of Early Modern Studies 4 (2015): 133-157.

“Twice the Effort: Tracing the Practices of Stuart Verse Collectors through their Redundant Entries." Huntington Library Quarterly 77 (Autumn 2014): 257-85.

“Women’s Literary and Intellectual Endeavors: A Case for the Anonymous Riposte” in A Companion to British Literature, Vol II: Early Modern Literature 1450-1660. Ed. Robert DeMario et al. (Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2014), pp. 142-263.

“Anonymity,” Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature, 3 vols., Garrett Sullivan and Alan Stewart, eds. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), Vol. 3, pp. 8-12.

“Amateur Compilers, Scribal Labour, and the Contents of Early Modern Poetic Miscellanies,” English Manuscript Studies 16 (Fall 2011): 82-111.


The Anonymous Renaissance: Cultures of Discretion in Tudor-Stuart England (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003).

Areas of Specialization

Renaissance Literature
with particular interest in book history, manuscript culture, and lyric poetry
Book History and Textual Studies
Visual Culture

Post-print manuscript culture, paleography and the art of handwriting, book and manuscript production processes, reader marginalia, manuscript materials: pen, ink, and paper; Manuscript digitalization

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