Kat Lecky is an Assistant Professor of English at Bucknell University. Her research places Renaissance literature within the brisk business of cheap print to study how Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and others banked their authorial success on drawing Britain as the property of the commonwealth rather than the Crown. Her first book project, "Pocket Empire: Portable Maps and Public Poetry, 1590-1649," places laureate poetry chapbooks ("cheapbooks") into conversation with the portable cartography circulating in the same retail print industry to find that the inexpensive pocket maps used by merchants, teachers, and minor bureaucrats charted the birth of the British middle class in ways taken up by poets paid to voice the Renaissance nation. Her second book project in process dissects the poetics of naturalized citizenship in small-format literary publications and self-help medical manuals from the Reformation through the Restoration. She has earned fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, among others. In Spring 2016 she was in residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago as an NEH Long-Term Fellow.

Educational Background

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

Teaching Interests

  • Renaissance / early modern British literature
  • Poetry and poetics
  • History of the book
  • Alternative literacies/numeracy
  • Medical humanities
  • Aesthetic theory
  • Common lives

Selected Publications

"Fashioning the Human in Spenser's View," Spenser Studies 30 (in press; 2016).

"The Politics of Mediterranean Marriage in Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton," Gender in the Medieval Mediterranean. Ed. Megan Moore (in press at ACMRS; 2016).

"Humanizing the Interface" in Disrupting Digital Humanities, Ed. Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel (in press at Punctum Books; 2016).

Entries in A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen, Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts. Ed. Carole Levin (in press at Ashgate; 2016).

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

"Humanizing the Interface," Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Teaching and Technology (March 2014).

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

"'come who so wyll': Inclusive Poetics in Skelton's Elynour Rummynge," Exemplaria: a Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 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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