Shuger, Debora K.
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Ph.D. Stanford, 1983.
Renaissance/17th Century: Tudor-Stuart literature; early modern religious, political, and legal thought; neo-Latin; censorship
Censorship and Cultural Sensibility: The Regulation of Language in Tudor-Stuart England (2006). Political Theologies in Shakespeare’s England (2001), The Renaissance Bible (1994), Habits of Thought in the English Renaissance: Religion, Politics, and the Dominant Culture (1990), Sacred Rhetoric (1988).
Debora Shuger’s interests range across a number of fields: Tudor-Stuart devotional poetry and prose, theology and biblical exegesis, legal history, political thought, rhetoric, life writing (biography, memoirs, diaries, etc.). Under the right circumstances, she also shows interest in gender, sexuality, colonialism, Classics, and Shakespeare. Along with the books listed above, she is the co-editor of Religion and Culture in Renaissance England (1997) and contributed the essay on early Stuart religious literature to the new Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature (2002); she has also published articles on Spenser, Shakespeare, Sidney, Milton, Donne, Jonson, Middleton, rhetoric, hagiography, and mirrors. She has been a fellow at the the Liguria Study Center, the National Humanities Center, the Huntington Library, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, as well as recipient of Guggenheim, NEH, and UC President’s fellowships. Recent graduate seminars have focused on political theory from antiquity through the late Middle Ages, 17th century life-writing, Elizabethan religious prose, the sacred literature of the Jacobean era, early modern English law, Saint Augustine, and Renaissance commentaries on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans.