Gallagher, Lowell

Professor Emeritus

Kaplan 230
Tel: 310.825.4173 / Fax: 310.267.4339 / E-mail



Ph.D. Stanford University, 1989


Renaissance / 17th-Century British, Theory & Criticism, Gender / Sexuality Studies, literary and political cultures of early modern English Catholicism, early modern prose fiction, Spenser studies, and narrative theory.

Selected Publications


Sodomscapes: Hospitality in the Flesh (Fordham UP, 2017)

Medusa’s Gaze: Casuistry and Conscience in the Renaissance (Stanford UP, 1991)

Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Philosophy, and Performance, co-edited with James Kearney and Julia Reinhard Lupton (University of Toronto Press, 2020)

Redrawing the Map of Early Modern English Catholicism, ed. (University of Toronto Press, 2012)

Knowing Shakespeare: Senses, Embodiment, and Cognition, co-edited with Shankar Raman (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010)

Catholic Figures, Queer Narratives, co-edited with Frederick S. Roden and Patricia Juliana Smith (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006)

Book Chapters/Articles

“Wounded Landscapes: Topographies of Franciscan Spirituality and Deep Ecology in California Medievalism,” in The United States of Medievalism, ed. Susan L. Aronstein and Tison Pugh (University of Toronto Press, 2021)

“Origins and Transformations: Tactics of Storying and World-Making,” Bridge Essay in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature, Volume 1: Third Millennium BCE ‐ 600 CE, Origins and Transformations, ed. Ilaria L.E. Ramelli and Wiebke Denecke, 2020.

“Juliet incognita: Berlioz’s symphonie dramatique, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and the migration of Juliette’s music into Hollywood film,” in Shakespeare all’Opera. Riscritture e allestimenti di Romeo e Giulietta, ed. Maria Ida Biggi and Michele Girardi (Edizione di Pagina, 2018)

“Recent Studies in the English Renaissance,” SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 58 (Winter 2018)

“Remembering Lot’s Wife: The Structure of Testimony in the Painted Life of Mary Ward,” in Religious Diversity in Early Modern English Texts: Judaic, Catholic, Feminist and Secular Dimensions, ed. Arthur F. Marotti and Chanita Goodblatt (Wayne State UP, 2013)

“The Sacramental Neuter and the Missing Body in Robert Southwell’s Poetics,” in Go Figure: Energies, Forms, and Institutions in the Renaissance World, ed. Judith H. Anderson and Joan Pong Linton (Fordham UP, 2010)

“Crashaw and Religious Bias in the Literary Canon,” in Writers of the English Renaissance, Volume 2, ed. Patrick Cheney, Andrew Hadfield, and Garrett Sullivan (Oxford UP, 2007)

“Imagining Baroque Ethics: John Evelyn and the Case of the Stigmatic ‘Working Wench,’” special issue of Religion and Literature 38.4, ed. Julia Reinhard Lupton and Graham Hammill (Autumn 2006)

“Faustus’s Blood and the (Messianic) Question of Ethics,” ELH 73 (2006)

“Waiting for Gobbo,” in Spiritual Shakespeares, ed. Ewan Fernie (Routledge, 2005)

“Balloons and Guillotines: Francis Poulenc’s Ethics of Mutilation,” RS-SI: Recherches Semiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry 23 (2003)

“Merleau-Ponty’s Chiasm and the Ethical Call of Situated Criticism,” in What Happens to History: The Renewal of Ethics in Contemporary Thought, ed. Howard Marchitello (Routledge, 2001)

“Mary Ward’s ‘Jesuitresses’ and the Construction of a Typological Community,” in Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens:  Women’s Alliances in Early Modern England, ed. Susan Frye and Karen Robertson (Oxford UP, 1999)

 “The Place of the Stigmata in Christological Poetics,” in Religion and Culture in Renaissance England, ed. Claire McEachern and Debora Shuger (Cambridge UP, 1997)

 “Mise en abyme, Narrative Subjectivity, and the Ethics of Mimesis in Hamlet: Gertrude Talks,” Genre 28 (Winter 1995)

“‘This seal’d-up Oracle’: Ambivalent Nostalgia in The Winter’s Tale,” Exemplaria 7.2 (Fall 1995).

“Jenny Lind and the Voice of America,” in En Travesti: Women, Gender Subversion, Opera, ed. Corrine E. Blackmer and Patricia Juliana Smith (Columbia UP, 1995)



Interest Areas
• Sexuality & Gender Studies
• Renaissance & Early Modern Studies
• Critical Theory