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Marcy L. North

Marcy L. North

Associate Professor of English

Penn State Representative to the Folger Shakespeare Library

409 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

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

Office Hours:

  • Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Please contact me via e-mail for a Zoom link.


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

Professional Bio

Recent Publications:

“Ambiguities of Female Authorship and the Accessible Archives” for Routledge Companion to Women, Sex, and Gender in the Early Modern Anglophone World, ed. Kimberly Anne Coles and Eve Keller, Routledge, 2019

“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

Book History and Textual Studies
Renaissance Literature
with particular interest in authorship, book history, manuscript culture, lyric poetry, and early women's literature
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