R. Florence Brinkley Professor Emerita of English
Maureen Quilligan has as a primary field of interest in the Renaissance, with special attention to women and literature. She has published four books: The Language of Allegory: Defining the Genre (1979) Milton's Spenser: The Politics of Reading (1983), The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de Pizan's Cite des Dames (1991) and Incest and Agency in Elizabeth's England (2005). She has also co-edited three volumes of essays titled Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe (1986) and Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture(1996) and Rereading the Black Legend: the Discourses of Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires (2008). Among other fellowships she has held a Guggenheim and an ACLS and was awarded the Sidonie Clauss Prize for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities at Yale (1983) as well as the Undergraduate Advisory Board Teaching Prize at the University of Pennsylvania (1997). She is at work on two current projects: female political authority in the sixteenth century, and slavery in the Renaissance epic.
- Ph.D., Harvard University 1973
- M.A., University of California at Berkeley 1967
- B.A., University of California at Berkeley 1965
Raman, S. Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan, eds. Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2008. viii + 478 pp. index. illus. bibl. $25. ISBN: 978–0–226–30722–0.: Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2008. Full Text
Re-reading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religion and Racial Differences in the European Renaissance. Ed. W Mignolo, MARGARET Greer, and MAUREEN Quilligan. Chicago University Press, 2007. (Edited Book)
Quilligan, M. Incest and agency in Elizabeth's England. December 1, 2005.
Quilligan, M. The Allegory of Female Authority : Christine de Pizan’s Cite des Dames. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1991.
Quilligan, M. Milton’s Spenser: The Politics of Reading. Cornell UP, 1983.
Quilligan, M. The Language of Allegory: Defining the Genre. Cornell UP, 1979.
Quilligan, M. "Allegory and Female Authority." Thinking Allegory Otherwise. Ed. B Machovsky. Stanford University Press, 2009.
Quilligan, M. "Incest and Agency: the Case of Elizabeth I." Generation and Degeneration. Ed. K Brownlee and V Finucci. Duke UP, 2003.
Quilligan, M. "Freedom, Service, and the Trade in Slaves: The Problem of Labor in Paradise Lost." Object and Subject: Reconstructing Renaissance Culture. Ed. MD Grazia, M Quilligan, and P Stallybrass. Cambridge UP, 1995.
Quilligan, M. "The Language of the Body: The Taming of the Shrew and The Tragedy of Mariam." Renaissance Sexuality. Ed. JK Turner. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1992.
Quilligan, M. "Christine de Pizan and Canon Formation." Displacements: Woman Tradition Literatures in French. Ed. NK Miller and J DeJean. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins P, 1991. 126-43.
Quilligan, M. "Feminine Endings: The Sexual Politics of Sidney’s and Spenser’s Rhyming." The Englishwoman in Print: Counterbalancing the Canon. Ed. AM Haselkorn and BS Travitsky. Amherst, MA: U of Massachusetts P, 1990. 311-25.
Quilligan, M. "The Constant Subject: Instability and Authority in Wroth’s Urania Poems." Soliciting Interpretation: Literary Theory and Seventeenth-Century English Poetry. Ed. E Harvey and K Maus. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1990. 273-306.
Quilligan, M. "Sidney and His Queen." The Historical Renaissance. Ed. R Strier and H Dubrow. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1989. 171-96.
Quilligan, M. "The Anthropology of Intertextuality: Mary Wroth and the Family Romance." Unfolded Tales: Essays on Renaissance Romance. Ed. G Teskey and G Logan. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1989.
Quilligan, M. "Milton’s Spenser: The Inheritance of Ineffability." The Ineffable Word: From Dante to Eliot. Ed. P Hawkins and A Schotter. A.M.S. Press, U of California P, 1985.
Quilligan, M. "Theodor De Bry's voyages to the new and old worlds." Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 41.1 (December 1, 2011): 1-12. (Review) Full Text
Quilligan, M. "The Key of Green: Passion and Perception in Renaissance Culture." Modern Language Quarterly 72.2 (January 1, 2011): 259-262. Full Text
Quilligan, M. "Review of Mary Wroth by Margaret Hannay." Renaissance Quarterly (2011). (Review)
Quilligan, M. "Review of Bruce R. Smith's The Key of Green." Modern Philology (2011). (Review)
Quilligan, M. "Margaret P. Hannay. Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2010. xxxiv + 363 pp. index. illus. chron. bibl. $99.95. ISBN: 978–0–7546–6053–8." Renaissance Quarterly 63.4 (2010): 1422-1423. Full Text Open Access Copy
Quilligan, M. "Recent studies in the english renaissance." Sel Studies in English Literature 43.1 (December 1, 2003): 233-295.
Quilligan, M. "Review of K. Schwarz’s Amazon Love." Shakespeare Studies (2003). (Review)
Quilligan, M. "Renaissance Materialities." JMEMS (September 2002).
Quilligan, , Grazia, MD, and Stallybrass, P. "Object and Subject: Reconstructing Renaissance Culture." (1995).
Quilligan, M, Ferguson, M, and kers, NV. "Rewriting the Renaissance: Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe." (1986).