Fulton, Thomas C.

Fulton, Thomas C.

The Book of Books

  • Published Date: Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021

Thomas Fulton


The Book of Books: Biblical Interpretation, Literary Culture, and the Political Imagination from Erasmus to Milton

The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage

  • Published Date: Cambridge University Press, 2018

Kristen Poole and Thomas Fulton

the bible on the shakespearean stage

Shakespeare’s audiences were not simply well versed in the Bible’s content – they were also steeped in the practices and methods of biblical interpretation. Reformation and counter-reformation debate focused not just on the biblical text, but – crucially – onhow to read the text. The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage is the first volume to integrate the study of Shakespeare’s plays with the vital history of post-Reformation practices of biblical interpretation. Bringing together the foremost international scholars in the field of Shakespeare and the Bible, these essays explore Shakespeare’s engagement with scriptural interpretation in the tragedies, histories, comedies, and romance.

Rethinking Historicism from Shakespeare to Milton

  • Published Date: Cambridge University Press, 2012

Ann Baynes Coiro and Thomas Fulton

coiro_2012Reading literary texts in their historical contexts has been the dominant form of interpretation in literary criticism for the past thirty years. This collection of essays reflects on the origins of historicism and its present usefulness as a mode of literary analysis, its limitations, and its future. The volume provides a brief history of the practice from its renaissance origins, offering examples of historicist work that not only demonstrate the continuing vitality of this methodology but also suggest new directions for research. Focusing on the major figures of Shakespeare and Milton, these essays provide important and concise representations of trends in the field. Designed for scholars and students of early modern English literature (1500-1700), the volume will also be of interest to students of literature more generally and to historians.

Historical Milton

  • Published Date: University of Massachusetts Press, 2010

Thomas Fulton


Historical Milton: Manuscript, Print, and Political Culture in Revolutionary England focuses on the relationship between the manuscript evidence of John Milton’s thinking and its public performance in his printed works.   The book exploits Milton’s unusually extensive archive for understanding relationships between rhetoric and media: a reading notebook known as his Commonplace Book; a manuscript “Digression” that was designed to accompany his printed History of Britain; the manuscript of the Christian Doctrine, too radical (or heretical) to be printed during Milton’s lifetime; and a large collection of poetic manuscripts and drafts.  Historical Milton focuses especially on the first two of these manuscripts, the Commonplace Book and the trenchant “Digression.” Milton’s Commonplace Book is the only extant political notebook of a radical polemicist writing during the English Civil War, and the most extensive manuscript record of reading we have from a major English poet of this period.