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Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Humanities, Emeritus
BioStephen Orgel has published widely on the political and historical aspects of Renaissance literature, theater, art history and the history of the book. His work is interdisciplinary, and is increasingly concerned with the patronage system, the nature of representation, and performance practice in the Renaissance. His most recent book is Imagining Shakespeare (2003), and he is the author of The Authentic Shakespeare (2002), Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England (Cambridge, 1996), The Illusion of Power (Berkeley, 1975), Inigo Jones (London and Berkeley, 1973, in collaboration with Sir Roy Strong), and The Jonsonian Masque (Cambridge, Mass., 1965). He has edited Ben Jonson's masques, Christopher Marlowe's poems and translations, the Oxford Authors John Milton, The Tempest and The Winter's Tale in The Oxford Shakespeare, Trollope's Lady Anna, and Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country, The Age of Innocence and The Reef in the Oxford World's Classics. He is the general editor of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture, and of the new Pelican Shakespeare. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, NEH Fellowships, and ACLS Fellowships; he has been a Getty Fellow, a visiting fellow at New College, Oxford, and most recently the Clark Lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Assistant Professor of English
BioTom Owens's research interests lie predominantly in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. His first book, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and ‘the language of the heavens’ (OUP, 2019) explored some of the exultant visions inspired by William Wordsworth’s and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s analogical imaginations. It examined the scientific patterns that the poets discovered in the world as they came to understand consciousness and cognition through highly self-conscious acts of invention, and includes chapters on: geometry and cartography; nature (representations of the Moon) and natural history (studies of spider-webs, streams, and dew); calculus and quaternions; and infra-red and ultraviolet light.
Other recent work was on: the integrity of prose style (in writers such as Richard Hooker, Thomas Browne, Joseph Addison, Edmund Burke, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge); Jonathan Swift and Matthew Arnold; and Gerard Manley Hopkins. He is thinking about writing a book on the relationship between storytelling and fantasy in the nineteenth century.
Before arriving at Stanford, Owens was a Teaching Fellow in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature at University College London, during which time he also held a Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study. Before that, from 2013-17, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge.
From 2019-21, he is an Annenberg Faculty Fellow at Stanford.
Recent selected articles include:
‘Hopkins’s Kestrel: Drafting “The Windhover,” 1877-1884’, Victorian Poetry, 57.1 (2019), 43-72.
‘Coleridge and “the general taste for unconnected writing”’, The Review of English Studies, 70.293 (2019), 111-34.
‘Wordsworth’s and Southey’s Translations of Michelangelo, 1805-6’, Modern Language Notes, 132.1 (2017), 68-75.
‘“Sweetness and Light” from Swift to Arnold’, The Review of English Studies, 68.283 (2017), 99-122.
‘Coleridge’s Parentheses and the Question of Editing’, Essays in Criticism, 64.4 (2014), 373-93.
‘Coleridge, Nitric Acid and the Spectre of Syphilis’, Romanticism, 20.3 (2014), 282-93.
‘Wordsworth, Galignani, and the Aesthetics of Piracy’, The Library, 12.1 (2011), 23-36.
Other articles have appeared in Notes and Queries; The Book Collector; The Coleridge Bulletin; and The Wordsworth Circle.