Lisa Celovsky, PhD

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



Phone: 617-973-5397
Fax: 617-305-1744
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 1276


  • 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 crossdressing)


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.

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