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Morrissey, Lee

Morrissey, Lee


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

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; A.B. Philosophy and English Literature, Boston College

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.

“A Secular Bird Ages: Samson Agonistes and Modernity.” Milton’s Modernities. eds. Patrick Fadely and Feisel G. Mohamed. (Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2017), 259-277.

“‘Behold this Creature’s form and State’: Katherine Philips prefiguring the Ascendancy in Ireland.” Women’s Writing. 24.3. (2017), 298-312.

“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.

“Shakespeare, Jonson, and the Atlantic Archipelago.” Shakespeare, the Journal of the British Shakespeare Association. 12.4. 364-374.

“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.”

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

“‘Charity,’ Social Control, and the History of English Literary Criticism,” Print and Power in France and England from 1500 to 1800, David Adams and Adrian Armstrong, eds. (London: Ashgate Press, 2006), 53-68.

“Re-reading Reading in Eighteenth-Century Literary Criticism,” College Literature. 31.3 (Summer 2004), 157-178.

“Derrida's 'Nostalgeria': A Post-Colonial Reading of 'Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences',” Postmodern Culture. (January 1999); online.
–––. Reprinted in Historicizing Theory, ed. Peter Herman. (Albany: SUNY Press, 2003), 99-112.

Eve's Otherness and the New Ethical Criticism, New Literary History
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“Eve’s Otherness and the New Ethical Criticism.” New Literary History. 32.2 (Spring, 2001), 327-345.

“‘Approach and read the stone': Toward an Archaeology of Gray's Elegy.” The Age of Johnson. 9 (1999), 295-321.

“Sexuality and Consumer Culture in Early Eighteenth-Century England: 'Mutual Love from Pole to Pole' in Lillo's London Merchant.” Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theater Research. 2nd ser. 13.1 (Summer 1998), 25-40.

“'Affectedly Unaffected': Eighteenth-Century Architectural Follies and Walpole's Castle of Otranto.” Bucknell Review. 41.2 (1998), 86-99.

Robinson Crusoe and the South Sea Trade: 1710-1720,” in Money: Lure, Lore, and Literature. Ed. John DiGaetani. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994), 209-215.