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Katharine Cleland

Katharine Cleland, Associate Professor

Katharine Cleland
Katharine Cleland, Associate Professor

Department of English
419 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner Street, NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8287 |

Katharine Cleland is an associate professor in the Department of English.

  • Early Modern Literature
  • English Reformation
  • Shakespeare
  • Spenser
  • Milton
  • PhD in English, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MA in English, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BA in English and Spanish, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Shakespeare Association of America
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • International Spenser Society
  • Modern Language Association
  • Sigma Tau Delta


  • Irregular Unions: Clandestine Marriage in Early Modern English Literature. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2021.

Journal Articles

  • “English National Identity and the Reformation Problem of Clandestine Marriage in Spenser’s Faerie Queene, Book I.” Spenser Studies 29 (2014): 75-101.
  • “‘Wanton loves, and yong desires’: Clandestine Marriage in Marlowe’s Hero and Leander and Chapman’s Continuation.” Studies in Philology 108.2 (2011): 215-37.

Book Chapters

  • “‘Warring Spirits’: Martial Violence and Anxious Masculinity in Paradise Lost.” Violent Masculinities: Male Aggression in Early Modern Texts. Eds. Catherine E. Thomas and Jennifer Feather. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 129-48.
  • “Daniel, Drayton, Chapman.” Oxford History of Poetry in English, Volume 4: Sixteenth Century British Poetry. Eds. Catherine Bates and Patrick Cheney. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Other Publications

  • “Rota Virgiliana.” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 4th edition. Ed. Roland Greene, et al. Princeton University Press, 2012. 1226-27.
  • Review of Ian Frederick Moulton, Love in Print in the Sixteenth Century: The Popularization of Romance. New York: Palgrave, 2014. Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 53.2 (2015): 325-28.
  • Niles Research Grant. College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Virginia Tech. 2019.
  • Short-term Research Fellowship. Folger Shakespeare Library. Washington, D.C. 2014.

Undergraduate Courses

  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Studies in Shakespeare
  • Milton
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Renaissance Revenge Tragedy (senior seminar)

Graduate Courses

  • Introduction to Literary Research
  • Renaissance Revenge Tragedy
  • Romance Fiction
  • Shakespeare and Adaptation

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