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Michael Gadaleto

Postdoctoral Fellow

029 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • Fall 2020: Tuesday, 2:00-5:00 (via Zoom) and by appointment

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D. in English, The Pennsylvania State University
  2. M.A. in English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  3. B.A. in English and History, University of Michigan

Professional Bio

I study Renaissance literature with a specialization in Milton and the more transnational dimensions of the early modern writing of England. My book project, "The Island Nation and Its Discontents," investigates the impact of an “island mentality”—and the reaction against that mentality—on the writing of the early English nation. I argue in particular for the emergence of an early modern transnationalism in the literary writings of some of England’s most politically engaged authors, including Shakespeare, Spenser, Greville, and Milton. The project thus contributes to the recent critical interest in transnationalism in order to show how many English authors defined an amorphous “England” in relation to their developing Continental, archipelagic, and global neighbors. By focusing on a key paradigm of English national discourse—that of the elect island nation—I show how Renaissance authors, through their poetic, dramatic, and polemic investigations of England’s hybrid history, challenge this bounded and often chauvinist isolationist archetype by imagining more internationalist models of nationhood.

- "'Who would not sing for Lycidas?': Milton's Satirical Reform of the 'Justa Edouardo King'", Studies in Philology 115.1 (2018): 154-92

- "Shakespeare's Bastard Nation: Skepticism and the English Isle in 'King John'", Shakespeare Quarterly 69.1 (2018): 3-34

- "'Prince and No-Prince': William of Orange and the Politics of Friendship in Greville's 'Dedication to Sir Philip Sidney'", Sidney Journal 35.1/2 (2017): 95-118

Areas of Specialization

Renaissance Literature