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David Loewenstein

David Loewenstein

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and the Humanities
435 Burrowes Building
(814) 863-3068

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

David Loewenstein

Fall 2021 Office Hours

On sabbatical leave during 2021-22; contact by email for appointments.


Ph.D., University of Virginia
Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (Visiting Ph.D. Research Student)
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., Oberlin College

Professional Bio

David Loewenstein is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and the Humanities and Director of Graduate Studies in English.  His research and teaching interests include: early modern literature and culture from the Reformation to the Restoration; Milton and his contemporaries; English literature in relation to politics and religion; the relations between literature and history; the impact of ancient Greek culture on early modern literature; book history; Shakespeare.

He has published widely on early modern English literature and culture. His recent work has addressed early modern English literature in relation to such topics as the construction of heresy, nationalism, and concepts of tyranny. Recent publications include: Representing Revolution in Milton and His Contemporaries: Religion, Politics, and Polemics in Radical Puritanism (Cambridge UP, 2001; winner of the James Holly Hanford Award from the Milton Society of America); Heresy, Literature, and Politics in Early Modern English Culture (co-editor; Cambridge UP, 2006); The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature (co-editor; Cambridge UP, 2002; paperback, 2006); Early Modern Nationalism and Milton's England (co-editor; U of Toronto P, 2008); The Complete Works of Gerrard Winstanley, 2 vols. (co-editor; Oxford UP, 2009); John Milton, Prose: Major Writings on Liberty, Politics, Religion, and Education (editor; Wiley-Blackwell, 2013); Treacherous Faith: The Specter of Heresy in Early Modern English Literature and Culture (Oxford UP, 2013; paperback edn., 2016); Shakespeare and Early Modern Religion (co-editor, Cambridge UP, 2015; paperback edn., 2018); co-editor (with Alison Shell) of Early Modern Literature and England's Long Reformation (Routledge, 2020), based on a special issue of the journal Reformation (2019).

He has been awarded fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (where he was a Senior Fellow and Helen C. White Professor of English and the Humanities).  He has held year-long fellowships at the Folger and Newberry Libraries. He has also held Visiting Research Fellowships at Merton College and Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, and at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.  His books have twice won the James Holly Hanford Award of the Milton Society of America for Distinguished Book. He has also twice won the Milton's Society's Irene Samuel Memorial Award for editing a distinguished multiauthor collection of essays. In 2006 he was elected Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America, its highest honor.

He delivered the Martin Ridge Lecture in Literature at the Huntington Library in 2017.

Current research projects include editing Paradise Lost (the first edition to include both the 1667 and 1674 texts of the poem) for the new Oxford University Press edition of The Complete Works of John Milton; and beginning work on two books: Tyrannical Powers: Conceptions of Tyranny in Milton's England, a study examining how tyranny became the subject of fresh interpretation, intense debate, and representation in Milton's age; and Shakespeare and War: Violence, Politics, Religion, and the Early Modern Dramatic Imagination.

Areas of Specialization

Book History and Textual Studies

With a special interest in early modern print culture.

Renaissance Literature

Early modern literature and culture from the Reformation to the Restoration; Milton and his contemporaries; literature in relation to politics and religion; book history and textual studies; Shakespeare; literature and war.