Kat Lecky studies the art and science of political participation by ordinary people in early modern Britain. Her first book, Pocket Maps and Public Poetry in the English Renaissance (Oxford University Press, 2019) places poetry 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. Her second book project (in process) explores what the virtues of plants taught early modern English thinkers about the ethics of human societies. She has published essays 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.
Renaissance / early modern texts and contexts
Poetry, cartography, and botany
Everyday lives and common cultures
Literature, medicine, and science alternative literacies (such as visual and numerical)
Aesthetics and politics
Pocket Maps and Public Poetry in the English Renaissance (Oxford University Press, 2019).
"Humanizing the Interface" in Disrupting Digital Humanities. Ed. Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel (Punctum Books, 2019).
— 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, 2019).
"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.