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 and Margaret Cavendish
- Milton and Ovid
- Milton and Shakespeare
- Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century Literature
- Early Modern Women Writers
- Milton and the Restoration
- Seventeenth-century Drama
- Seventeenth-century Literature
- Sixteenth-century Literature
- 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
- "Reading," 21st Century Approaches to Early Modern Theatricality, ed. Henry S. Turner
Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
- "The Personal Rule of Poets: Cavalier Poetry and the English Revolution,"
Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution, ed. Laura L. Knoppers
Oxford University Press (2012)
- "Epigram," Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, ed. Roland Greene
Princeton University Press (2012)
- Drama in the Epic Style: Narrator, Muse, and Audience in Paradise Lost
Milton Studies 51, ed. Laura L. Knoppers (2010)
- "Poetic tradition, dramatic"
Milton in Context, ed. Stephen Dobranski (2010)
- "A Thousand Fantasies: The Lady and the Maske"
The Oxford Handbook of Milton, ed. Nicholas McDowell and Nigel Smith (2009)
- "Milton & Sons: The Family Business"
Milton Studies 48 (2008)
- "Anonymous Milton, or, A Maske Masked"
ELH 71 (2004)
- "A ball of strife': Caroline poetry and royal marriage"
The Royal Image: Representations of Charles I, ed. Thomas Corns (1999)(2009)
- "Fable and Old Song: Samson Agaonistes and the Idea of a Poetic Career"
Milton Studies 36 (1998)
Winner of James Holly Hanford Award, Milton Society of America
- "Writing in Service: Sexual Politics and Class Position in the Poetry of Aemilia Lanyer and Ben Jonson"
Criticism 35 (1993)
- Milton and class identity: The Publication of Areopagitica and the 1645 Poems"
Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 22 (1992)
- "'Ennobled numbers for the Presse': On the Edgers of the Seventeenth Century"
introductory essay, George Herbert Journal, Special Issue on Robert Herrick, edited by Anne Baynes Coiro, 14 (1992)
- "'To repair the ruins of our first parents': Of Education and Fallen Adam"
SEL: Studies in English Literarature 28 (1988)
PhD, University of Maryland
BA, George Washington University
- New British Studies Center Positions Rutgers as Venue for Interdisciplinary Scholarship
- Rutgers British Studies Project
- "The Folger Shakespeare Library" by Ann Baynes Coiro (Future Traditions Magazine, Issue 2)