Gallagher, Lowell


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); and articles on a wide range of topics, including English Catholic devotional culture in the Renaissance, postmodern ethics, hermeneutic theory, and opera. Article publications include: “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 Unversity Press, 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); “Imagining Baroque Ethics: John Evelyn and the Case of the Stigmatic ‘Working Wench,’” Religion and Literature (2007); “Faustus’s Blood and the (Messianic) Question of Ethics,” ELH 73 (2006); “Waiting for Gobbo,” in Spiritual Shakespeares, ed. Ewan Fernie (Routledge, 2005); and “Balloons and Guillotines: Francis Poulenc’s Ethics of Mutilation,” RS-SI: Recherches Semiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry 23 (2003). He is co-editor with Patricia Juliana Smith and Frederick S. Roden of Catholic Figures, Queer Narratives (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006); co-editor with Shankar Raman of Knowing Shakespeare: Senses, Embodiment, and Cognition (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010); and editor of Redrawing the Map of Early Modern English Catholicism (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

Additional Information

Professor Gallagher’s current research investigates the deep history and changing forms of the idea of Catholic speculative fiction, ranging from Counter Reformation era contributions to the intercultural romance genre to twentieth- and twenty-first-century expressions, in fiction and visual art, of progressive Catholic insights into the sacramental character of posthuman ethics in relation to non-human and inorganic life forms. Gallagher has been a member of the Modern Language Association Shakespeare Division Executive Committee (2002-07) and the Advisory Board of Shakespeare, journal of the British Shakespeare Association. He has also served on the MLA Spenser Society Executive Committee, and has served as book review editor for Quidditas: Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association. In 2008-09 he organized a year-long interdepartmental faculty study group on “Thinking Religion in a Post-Secular Age,” sponsored by a Mellon Foundation Grant at UCLA. He is a current member of the Faculty Advisory Committee in the Center for the Study of Religion at UCLA. Together with colleagues James Kearney (UC Santa Barbara) and Julia Reinhard Lupton (UC Irvine), he was a 2016-17 Clark Professor for the William Andrews Clark Library Core Program on “Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Philosophy, Performance.”

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