Department of English

University of Toronto

Piers Brown

  • Piers Brown (Early Modern, grad. '09, supervisor Elizabeth Harvey) has been appointed to a tenure-track position at West Virginia University. Piers moves to WVU from a SSHRC post-doc at University of York in England.
  • Awarded the John Donne Society Award for a Distinguished Publication in Donne Studies (2011)
  • Awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of York (U. K.)


“Donne’s Hawkings.” Studies in English Literature 49, 1 (Winter 2009): 67-85.

“ ‘Hac ex consilio meo via progredieris’; Courtly Reading and Secretarial Mediation in Donne’s The Courtier’s Library.” Renaissance Quarterly 61, 3 (Fall 2008): 833-866. (Winner of a Distinguished Publication Award from the John Donne Society and reprinted in John Donne and the Metaphysical Poets, ed. Harold Bloom.)

“ ‘ That full-sail voyage’: Travel Narratives and Astronnomical Discovery in Kepler and Galileo.” Forthcomg in The Invention of Discovery, ed. James Fleming (Ashgate Press).

Doctoral Thesis: “Donne and the Siderius nuncius: Astronomy, Metaphor and Method in 1611.”

Postdoctoral Project: “Donne at the Margins: the situation of literate work in early modern England.”

Research Interests:

Early modern literature, especially poetics, rhetoric and metaphor; literature and science, astronomy, optics, and visual culture; book history and the history of knowledge


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