Lisa Celovsky, PhD

Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Professor, English

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  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • BA, Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • Renaissance Literature
  • Epic-romance and Sonnet Sequences
  • Early Modern Gender Issues (especially masculinity, chivalry and tournaments, hospitality, and cross-dressing)


Essays, book chapters, and editions

  • "Medium as Message: Chivalry in Wroth's Urania." Sidney Journal 34.2 (2016): 91-116.
  • "The Sidneys and Literary Patronage." The Ashgate Research Companion to The Sidneys, 1500-1700. Ed. Margaret P. Hannah, Michael G. Brennan, and Mary Ellen Lamb. 2 vols. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2015. 1.261-80.
  • “The Jonsonian Masque” [general introduction to Jonson’s masques]. The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: The Renaissance and Early Seventeenth Century. Broadview Press. 2011. Web.
  • Edition of Ben Jonson. Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue. The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: The Renaissance and Early Seventeenth Century. Broadview Press. 2011. Web.
  • With Joseph L. Black. “‘Lost Works’, Suppositious Pieces, and Continuations.” “The Works.” The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser. Ed. Richard A. McCabe. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010. 349-66.
  • “Ben Jonson and Sidneian Legacies of Hospitality.” Studies in Philology 106.2 (2009): 178-206.
  • “A Note on John Stradling’s Epigrams to the Sidney Family.” Sidney Journal 25 (2007): 125-27.
  • “Early Modern Masculinities and The Faerie Queene.” English Literary Renaissance 35.2 (2005): 210-47.
  • “A Kick in the Coddes: The Martial Arts of Philip Sidney.” Review essay of The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe, by Sydney Anglo. New Haven: Yale UP, 2000. Sidney Journal 20 (2002): 69-81.
  • “Vanquished by Marriage: Tournaments in The Faerie Queene (1596) and the New Arcadia (1590).” Sidney Journal 13 (1994/95): 20-34.
  • “Pyrocles' Warlike Peace: Sir Philip Sidney and Androgyny.” Gender Rhetorics: Postures of Dominance and Submission in History. Ed. Richard C. Trexler. Binghamton: MRTS, 1994. 235-44.
  • “William Smith.” Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 132: Sixteenth-Century British Non-Dramatic Authors. Ed. David A. Richardson. Detroit: Gale Research, 1993. 321-25.


  • MacFaul, Tom. Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson. Cambridge: Campridge UP, 2010. Renaissance and Reformation 34.1 (2011): 210-12.
  • Omnibus review of A Sidney Chronology 1554-1654, by Michael G. Brennan and Noel J. Kinnamon. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave, 2003. Domestic Politics and Family Absence: The Correspondence (1588-1621) of Robert Sidney, First Earl of Leicester, and Barbara Gamage Sidney, Countess of Leicester, edited by Margaret P. Hannay, Brennan, and Kinnamon. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2005. The Sidneys of Penshurst and the Monarchy, 1500-1700, by Brennan. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2006. Sidney Journal 25 (2007): 129-44.
  • Elizabeth Mazzola. Favorite Sons: The Politics and Poetics of the Sidney Family. New York: Palgrave, 2003. Sidney Journal 22:1-2 (2004 [published 2006]): 138-41.
  • Valerie Traub. The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002. Essays in Theatre 20.2 (2002 [published 2005]): 196-98.
  • Patrick Cheney and Lauren Silberman, eds. Worldmaking Spenser: Explorations in the Early Modern Age. Lexington: U of Kentucky P, 2000. Comparative Literature Studies 39 (2002): 171-76.
  • Elizabeth Heale. “The Faerie Queene”: A Reader's Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1999. Spenser Review 31 (2000): 6-8.
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Courses Taught

  • ENG 101 - Freshman English I
  • ENG 102 - Freshman English II
  • ENG 213 - English Literature I
  • ENG 214 - English Literature II
  • ENG 318 - The Epic
  • ENG 319 - Elizabethan Literature
  • ENG 325 - Shakespeare's Histories
  • ENG 335 - Milton
  • SF 101 - Topic: Monsters and Nightmares