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

Ann Baynes Coiro works on seventeenth-century English literature and culture, ranging from William Shakespeare to Aphra Behn. While book history and performance theory underlie her work, form and the history of form are central. Milton’s poetry is one primary focus, particularly its deep roots in drama and performance (she is a past president of the Milton Society of America). Her many articles address the significant but relatively neglected body of post-Shakespearean drama, the diverse range of Cavalier poetry, the poetry of Robert Herrick, Amelia Lanier and Andrew Marvell, and John Dryden’s critical work.

Recently she has co-edited Rethinking Historicism from Shakespeare to Milton (Cambridge University Press, 2012) with Thomas Fulton and Milton in the Long Restoration (Oxford University Press, 2016) with Blair Hoxby. With Lisa Walters and Lara Dodds she is currently editing the first collection of essays putting scholarship on Margaret Cavendish and John Milton together, Cavendish and Milton: Rethinking Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture.

Director of English Honors

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