Patrick Cheney specializes in English Renaissance literature. His interests include authorship, influence and intertextuality, literary careers, genre, classical reception, nationhood, republicanism, the sublime, and the relation between poetry and drama.
His books include Reading Sixteenth-Century Poetry (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011); Marlowe’s Republican Authorship: Lucan, Liberty, and the Sublime (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); Shakespeare’s Literary Authorship (Cambridge, 2008); Shakespeare, National Poet-Playwright (Cambridge, 2004); Marlowe's Counterfeit Profession: Ovid, Spenser, Counter-Nationhood (Toronto, 1997); and Spenser's Famous Flight: A Renaissance Idea of a Literary Career (Toronto, 1993). He has also edited The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Poetry (2007) and The Cambridge Companion to Christopher Marlowe (2004), as well as co-edited a number of collections on Renaissance poetry and drama, including a two-volume set on this topic from Oxford University Press.
Just out from Oxford is volume 2 of The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, titled 1558-1660, co-edited with Philip Hardie. Forthcoming from Cambridge is a new monograph, English Authorship and the Early Modern Sublime: Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson.
Recently, Cheney has been commissioned by Oxford University Press to be General Editor of the 14-volume Oxford History of Poetry in English, which will include volume sets on five eras: Medieval, Early Modern, Modern British and Irish, American, and Global. Coordinating Editors will be Robert R. Edwards (Penn State), Laura L. Knoppers (Notre Dame), Michael O’Neill (Durham), Langdon Hammer (Yale), and Vinay Dharwadker (Wisconsin). Under contract in this Series is Sixteenth-Century British Poetry, which Cheney is co-editing with Catherine Bates.
Cheney also works in the area of textual scholarship. He is a General Editor of the six-volume Oxford Edition of the Collected Works of Edmund Spenser (forthcoming, 2015--); Textual Editor of “The Poems” for the 3rd Edition of The Norton Shakespeare (2016); and Co-editor of The Collected Poems of Christopher Marlowe (Oxford, 2006).
Currently, Cheney is on the editorial boards of Shakespeare Quarterly, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Spenser Studies: A Renaissance Poetry Annual, Marlowe Studies: An Annual, Oxford Bibliographies, The Spenser Review, and Authorship. He has received grants from the American Philosophical Society, the Mellon Foundation, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and his two books on Marlowe have won the Roma Gill Award from the Marlowe Society of America. For the past fifteen years, he has served regularly as a reviewer of book manuscripts for Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. He has also given invited lectures in the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Switzerland, and Germany, including at Cornell, Penn, Princeton, Toronto, Oxford, Cambridge, Royal Holloway-London, Queens-Belfast, Geneva, Neuchatel, and the Free University/Humbolt University, Berlin, as well as at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
In 2001, Cheney was Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford; and in 2010, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Montana. In 2011, he was the Connolly Lecturer at Grinnell College, as well as recipient of the Faculty Scholar Medal from Penn State for research in the arts and humanities. For September 2015, he was a Visiting Scholar at Merton College, Oxford; and for Michaelmas 2015, a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.
- Reading Sixteenth-Century Poetry
- Marlowe’s Republican Authorship: Lucan, Liberty, and the Sublime
- Shakespeare’s Literary Authorship
- Shakespeare, National Poet-Playwright
- Marlowe’s Counterfeit Profession: Ovid, Spenser, Counter-Nationhood
- Spenser’s Famous Flight: A Renaissance Idea of a Literary Career
- The Collected Poems of Christopher Marlowe
- The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Poetry
- Early Modern English Poetry: A Critical Companion
- Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion