Catherine Martin

Professor Emeritus

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Ph.D., 1989, University of California, Santa Cruz

Academic Summary

Dr. Martin's chief interests lie in sixteenth and seventeenth century literature and philosophy, specializing particularly in the lyric, religious, and epic poetry of the period. She has subsidiary interests in theology, political theory, and politics in both England and France, and in the epic tradition from Homer and Virgil through Dante, Ariosto, Tasso, and of course, Edmund Spenser and John Milton. Her recent work on the latter two centers particularly on their French and Italian influences and connections. She has also published on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, although more extensively on John Donne and Francis Bacon. Forthcoming works will continue to revisit Bacon's legacy in both science (in this period better understood as empirical method in various arts) and in early science fiction. Last but hardly least, Dr. Martin teaches the writings of the "first feminists" who appeared in the seventeenth century.


Bavarian Ministry of Education Fellowship for Teaching Abroad, 2014
Fulbright Fellowship for Teaching and Research Abroad, 2014

Select Publications

  • "John Milton," in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Literature and Religion, ed. Andrew Hiscock and Helen Wilcox. Oxford: Oxford UP. (forthcoming)
  • "The 'Space' of Donne and Milton's Stargazing Lovers: Love, Sex, and the New Astronomy." SEL. (forthcoming)
  • "Sailing to the Moon: Francis Godwin, H.G. Wells, and the First Science Fiction." Science and Literature, ed. Judy Hayden. Palgrave. (forthcoming)
  • "Milton and the Huguenot Revolution" in English and French Connections in the Renaissance, ed. Catherine G. Martin and Hassan Melehy. 2013.
  • French and English Connections in the Renaissance, editor. (Ashgate, 2013)
  • "Experimental Predestination in Donne's Holy Sonnets: Self-Ministry and the Early Seventeenth-Century 'Via Media.'" Studies in Philology, vol. 110 (Winter 2013): 350-81.
  • Milton Among the Puritans (Ashgate, 2012)
  • "'Nothing Like the Sun': Transcending Time and Change in Donne's Love Lyrics and Shakespeare's Plays" in Shakespeare and Donne: Generic Hybrids in the Cultural Imaginary, ed. Judith H. Anderson and Jennifer C. Vaught. New York: Fordham UP, 2012, 38-60, 236-69.
  • Francis Bacon and the Refiguring of Early Modern Thought: Essays to Commemorate "The Advancement of Learning" (1605-2005), ed. Catherine Gimelli Martin and Julie Robin Solomon. Ashgate, 2005.
  • Milton and Gender. ed. Catherine Gimelli Martin. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004.
  • "The Erotology of Donne's 'Extasie' and the Secret History of Voluptuous Rationalism." Studies in English Literature 44.1 (Winter 2004): 121-147.
  • "The Non-Puritan Ethics, Metaphysics, and Aesthetics of Milton's Spenserian Masque." Milton Quarterly 37 (December 2003): 215-244.
  • "The Enclosed Garden and the Apocalypse: Immanent Versus Transcendent Time in Milton and Marvell." Milton and the Ends of Time: Essays on the Apocalypse and the Millennium, ed. Juliet Cummins. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2003, 192-200.
  • "Unmeete Contraryes: The Reformed Subject and the Triangulation of Religious Desire in Donne's Anniversaries and Holy Sonnets." John Donne and the Protestant Reformation, ed. Mary A Papazian. Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press, 2003, 193-220.
  • "The Ahistoricism of the New Historicism: Knowledge as Power versus Power as Knowledge in Bacon's New Atlantis." Faultlines in the Field, ed. Claude Summers and Ted-Larry Pebworth. Columbia: Univ. of Missouri Press, 2002, 22-49.
  • "'What If the Sun Be Centre to the World?': Milton's Epistemology, Cosmology and Paradise of Fools Reconsidered." Modern Philology 99.2 (November 2001): 231-265.
  • "The Sources of Milton's Sin Reconsidered." Milton Quarterly 35.1 (March 2001): 1-8.
  • "The Advancement of Learning and the Decay of the World: A New Reading of Donne's First Anniversary." John Donne Journal 19 (2000): 1-41.
  • The Ruins of Allegory: "Paradise Lost" and the Metamorphosis of Epic Convention. Duke, 1998. [James Holly Hanford Award Winner, 1999]
  • "Boundless the Deep': Milton, Pascal, and the Theology of Relative Space." ELH 63:1 (1996): 45-78.
  • "'Pregnant Causes Mixt': The Wages of Sin and Laws of Entropy in Milton's Chaos, in Arenas of Conflict," ed. Charles Durham and Kristin McColgan. Susquehanna UP, 1997. Winner, Milton Society of America's Irene Samuel Award.
  • The Ruins of Allegory: Paradise Lost and the Metamorphosis of Epic Convention. Duke U.P, 1998. Winner, Milton Society of America's Holly Hanford Award, 1999.