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Morrissey, Lee

Morrissey, Lee


Office: 316 Strode
Phone: (864) 656-3151

Research Interests
John Milton, Early Modern English Literature

Ph.D. English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University; M.Phil. English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University; M.A. History, Columbia University; M.A. English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University; B.A. Philosophy and English Literature, Boston College


Research Interests

Lee Morrissey's work focuses on relationships between literature and intellectual history, political philosophy, and theory, largely in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  His main areas of interest include: John Milton, early modern English Literature, Restoration and eighteenth-century English literature, Irish literature and history, archipelagic and transatlantic approaches, the Enlightenment, the history and theory of literary criticism, the early English novel, democratic political theory, modernity, religion and literature, and relationships among the arts - particularly literature and architecture.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

The Constitution of Literature: Literacy, Democracy, and Early English Literary Criticism. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2008. Print.

Debating the Canon: A Reader from Addison to Nafisi. Editor. New York, New York: Palgrave, 2005. Print.

From the Temple to the Castle: An Architectural History of British Literature, 1660-1760. Charlottesville, Virginia: University Press of Virginia, 1999. Print.

The Kitchen Turns 20: A Restrospective Anthology. Editor. New York, New York: The Kitchen Center, 1992. Print.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Milton, Modernity, and Periodization of Politics.” Modern Language Quarterly. September 2017. (78.3), 301-319. (MLQ publishes 16 out of 100-125 submissions annually; approximately 10% acceptance.)

“Palladianism and the Villa Ideal in the New World: The Perils of Classical Purity.” Building the British Atlantic World, Daniel Maudlin, ed. (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2016), 269-289. Winner of the 2016 Allen G. Noble prize from the International Society for Landscape, Place, and Materials Culture.

“Transplanting English Plantations in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko.” Global South. Special issue on “Plantation Modernity.” 10.2. (Fall 2016), 11-26.

“Journalism,” in Samuel Johnson in Context, Jack Lynch, ed.  (New York: Cambridge UP, 2011), 216-224.

“Toward an Archaeology of the First Amendment’s Free Speech Protection,” in Freedom of Speech: The History of an Ideay, Elizabeth Powers, ed. (Bucknell UP, 2011), 179-202.

“Literature and the Post-Secular: Paradise Lost?,” Religion and Literature, 41.3 (Autumn 2009), 98-105. Invited contribution to special forum on “Locating the Postsecular.” (R&L publishes 12 out of 90 submissions annually; approximately 13% acceptance.)

Restoration and Eighteenth-Century section of English Literature in Context. <>, Paul Poplawski, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Eve's Otherness and the New Ethical Criticism, New Literary History
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Derrida's 'Nostalgeria': A Post-Colonial Reading of 'Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences", Postmodern Culture <>. (January 1999).

Conference Presentations (Delivered)

“Attending to Eve’s Otherness.”  Int’l Society for Religion, Literature, Culture.  University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, October 2010. “Have We Misplaced New England?”  Transatlantic Exchanges.  University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK, July 2010.

“David Hume: Philosopher of Criticism or Critic of Philosophy?,” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Albuquerque, NM, March, 2010.

“The Constitution of Literature: Toward a New History of English Literary Criticism,” The Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway, October 2010.  (Invited talk.)

Conference Proposals (Accepted or Submitted)

“New Media In the Eighteenth Century” (New Lights Forum: Contemporary Perspectives on the Enlightenment) 

”Will Tomorrow’s University Be Able to Afford the Eighteenth Century?  If So, How and Why?” (Roundtable) (New Lights Forum: Contemporary Perspectives on the Enlightenment)


2010-2011 Fulbright Scholar, National University of Ireland, Galway. Awarded.