Katharine Cleland

Mauro J. Caraccioli

Katharine Cleland

Assistant Professor


247 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner St. NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-6322


Department Membership


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  • Early Modern English Literature
  • Spenser
  • Shakespeare
  • Courtship and marriage rituals
  • English Reformation

Professional Activities

  • Literature and Language Committee
  • Sigma Tau Delta


  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

    Selected Publications


    • “‘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.
    • “‘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.
    • “English National Identity and the Reformation Problem of Clandestine Marriage in Spenser’s Faerie Queene, Book I.” Spenser Studies 29 (2014): 75-101. 

    Sponsored Research

    Short-term Research Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library (summer 2014)