Alan Dugald McKillop Professor
Office: Herring Hall 315
Joseph Campana is a poet, arts writer, and scholar of Renaissance literature, with essays on Spenser, Shakespeare, Nashe, Defoe, Middleton, poetry and poetics, and the history of sexuality inÂ PMLA, Modern Philology, ELH, Shakespeare, and elsewhere. He is the author ofÂ The Pain of Reformation: Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of MasculinityÂ (Fordham UP, 2012), the co-editor of Renaissance Posthumanism (Fordham, 2016), and the author of three collections of poetry,Â The Book of FacesÂ (Graywolf, 2005), Natural SelectionsÂ (2012), which received the Iowa Poetry Prize, and The Book of Life (Tupelo, 2019). His poems appear inÂ Slate, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, and many other venues. Individual poems have garnered prizes from Prairie Schooner and The Southwest Review. He has received the Isabel MacCaffrey Essay Prize, the MLAâ€™s Crompton-Noll Award for LGB studies, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Houston Arts Alliance.
Campana serves as Editor, 1500-1659 ofÂ Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, for which he has also edited a series of special issues: â€śStaging Allegoryâ€ť (Spring 2015), â€śAfter Sovereigntyâ€ť (Winter 2018), and Shakespeareâ€™s Watersâ€ť (Spring 2019). He serves as Arts and Media cluster coordinator for the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) and co-organizer of the HRC Rice Seminar â€śWaste: Histories and Futures.â€ť
Recently published essays treat a range of figurations of creaturely life in early modern England--busy bees, bleeding trees, and crocodile tears. Current projects include a study of children and sovereignty in the works of Shakespeare entitledÂ The Childâ€™s Two Bodies, a two-volume edited collection on Renaissance insect life called Lesser Living Creatures, and a collection of poems entitledÂ Live Oak. His reviews of theater, dance, books and the arts appear in The Kenyon Review, The Houston Chronicle, and other venues.
Creative Writing, Early Modern Literature, Gender & Sexuality, Renaissance, Animal Studies, Ecocriticism & Environmental Humanities, Science & Culture Studies, Poetry & Poetics
Ph.D., Cornell University