Ann Baynes Coiro
Professor of English
(848) 932-8082
Book and Media History, Drama & Performance Studies, Early American, Early Modern, Poetry & Poetics, Seventeenth Century

Seventeenth-century literature, including the Restoration; Milton; court culture; seventeenth-century drama; early modern women writers

Professor Coiro specializes in seventeenth-century literature and culture. She is currently completing a book on Milton and drama. Her recent and forthcoming publications include "Milton & Sons: The Family Business," in a special issue of Milton Studies 2008 devoted to Milton and historicism; "'A thousand fantasies: The Lady and the Masque" forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Milton (eds. Nigel Smith and Nicholas McDowell, 2009); "The Dramatic Contexts of Milton's Poetry," in Milton in Context(ed. Stephen Dobranski, 2009); and "Old, New, Now" the introduction to a volume of essays she co-edited with Thomas Fulton entitled, Rethinking Historicism: Essays in Early Modern Literature and Culture (forthcoming).

She is the author of Robert Herrick's "Hesperides" and the Epigram Book Tradition (1988) and editor of Ennobled Numbers for the Presse, a special issue of the George Herbert Journal devoted to Herrick (1992). Among her essays are: "Anonymous Milton, or, A Maske Masked(ELH: English Literary History, 2004); "'A ball of strife': Caroline Poetry and Royal Marriage" (The Royal Image: Representations of Charles I, ed. Thomas N. Corns, 1999); "Fable and Old Song: Samson Agonistesand the Idea of a Poetic Career," (Milton Studies, 1998); "Writing in Service: Sexual Politics and Class Position in the Poetry of Aemelia Lanyer and Ben Jonson," (Criticism, 1993); "Milton and Class Identity: The Publication of Areopagitica and the 1645 Poems"(Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 1992); and "'To repair the ruins of our first parents': Of Education and Fallen Adam," (SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1988).

She is the recipient of an American Philosophical Society Sabbatical Fellowship and a New Jersey Governor's Fellowship. She won the Milton Society of America's James Holly Hanford Award for her article "Fable and Old Song: Samson Agonistes and the Idea of a Poetic Career," and she has received Rutgers' Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award and the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Rutgers British Studies Executive Board

Murray Hall, Room 206, College Ave Campus

  • Ben Jonson
  • Early Modern Women Writers
  • Milton
  • Milton and Margaret Cavendish
  • Milton and Ovid
  • Milton and Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare
  • Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century Literature
  • Early Modern Women Writers
  • Milton and the Restoration
  • Seventeenth-century Drama
  • Seventeenth-century Literature
  • Sixteenth-century Literature
  • Milton
  • Milton and English Drama
  • Before the Revolution: British Culture 1620-1642
  • American Philosophical Society Sabbatical Fellowship, 2004-5
  • James Holly Hanford Award for “Fable and Old Song: Samson Agonistes and the Idea of a Poetic Career,” Milton Society of America, 1998
  • Warren I. Sussman Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rutgers University, 1996
  • Outstanding Graduate Teacher, Rutgers University, 1995
  • Nominee, President’s Award for Distinguished Public Service, 1993
  • Board of Governors’ Research Grant, Rutgers University, 1990-1
  • Member, Modern Language Society of America
  • Member, Renaissance Society of America
  • Member, Milton Society of America
  • Member, Shakespeare Association of America
  • Member, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

PhD, University of Maryland
BA, George Washington University