Kat Lecky's research explores how concepts of social justice articulated in natural philosophy and the new sciences informed English Renaissance literature. Her first book, Pocket Empire: Portable Maps and Public Poetry, 1590-1649 (forthcoming from Oxford University Press) places early modern chapbooks into conversation with small-format cartography to study how poets writing for monarchs and magistrates drew from cheap print to chart Britain as the property of the commonwealth rather than the Crown. She has also published in Exemplaria, The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Philological Quarterly, Reformation, Studies in English Literature, and Spenser Studies as well as edited collections, and has earned fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Folger Shakespeare, Huntington, and Newberry Libraries, among others. Her current book project examines botanical models of nativity, natality, and naturalization in seventeenth-century literature and medicine.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.A., Boston College
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame

Teaching Interests

  • Renaissance / early modern texts and contexts
  • Poetry
  • Everyday lives and common cultures
  • Literature, medicine, and science
  • alternative literacies (such as visual and numerical)
  • aesthetics and politics

Selected Publications

Pocket Empire: Portable Maps and Public Poetry, 1590-1649 (in production at Oxford University Press).

"Humanizing the Interface" in Disrupting Digital Humanities. Ed. Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel (in press at Punctum Books, 2018).
— anthologized from Hybrid Pedagogy (March 2014).

"The Politics of Mediterranean Marriage in Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton," Gender in the Medieval Mediterranean. Ed. Megan Moore (in press at ACMRS; 2018).

"Milton's Experienced Eve," Philological Quarterly (Fall 2017): 453-74.

"Archiving Ordinary Experience in the English Renaissance," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 47.2 (May 2017): 359-90.

"Irish Non-humanness and English Inhumanity in A vewe of the present state of Ireland," Spenser Studies 30 (2015): 133-50.

"How the Iceni Became British: Holinshed's Boudicca and the Rhetoric of Naturalization" in Poets and Scholars Talk About Queens. Ed. Carole Levin (Palgrave, 2015), 55-74.

"Naturalization in the Mirror and A Mask," SEL 54.1 (Winter 2014): 125-142.

"'come who so wyll': Inclusive Poetics in Skelton's Elynour Rummynge," Exemplaria 25.1 (Spring 2013): 59-78.

"The Dark Knight Vs. The Ivory Tower," Hybrid Pedagogy (April 2012).

"Milton's Lydgate: A New Perspective on the Nativity Ode," Reformation 16 (December 2011): 37-64.

"The Reformation of the Relic: Lydgate's and Milton's Legend of St. Edmund" in Medieval and Early Modern Devotional Objects in Global Perspective. Ed. Elizabeth Robertson and Jennifer Jahner (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 135-53.


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