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English and Creative Writing

Richard Mallette

Distinguished Service Professor of English, Emeritus


The English Renaissance
The English Reformation


Religion and literature


PhD Harvard University
MA Harvard University
BA Boston College

Courses Taught

English 220 Shakespeare
English 210 Ancient and Medieval Literature
English 211 Renaissance and Eighteenth Century Literature


Richard Mallette, author: Spenser and the Discourses of Reformation England (University of Nebraska Press, 1997).

Richard Mallette, author: Spenser, Milton, and Renaissance Pastoral (Bucknell University Press, 1981).


Hamlet and Renaissance Humanism,” In Shakespearean Criticism, volume 101 (2007) edited by Michelle Lee, pp. 122-132.

“Blasphemous Preacher: Iago and the Reformation.” In Shakespeare and the Culture of Christianity in Early Modern England, edited by Dennis Taylor and David Beauregard, pp. 382-414. New York: Fordham University Press, 2003.

“Same-Sex Erotic Friendship in The Two Noble Kinsmen,” Renaissance Drama XXVI (1997).

“Book V of The Faerie Queene: An Elizabethan Apocalypse,” Spenser Studies XI (1994).

“From Gyves to Graces: Hamlet and Free Will,” Journal of English and Germanic Philology (1994).

Three articles on Spenser, The Spenser Encyclopedia (University of Toronto Press, 1990).

“The Ethics of Love in Book II of The Faerie Queene,” Christianity and Literature (1989).

“Protestant Art of Preaching in Book I of The Faerie Queene,” Spenser Studies VII (1987).

“Spenser’s Portrait of the Artist in The Shepheardes Calender and Colin Clouts Come Home Againe,” Studies in English Literature (1979).

“Poet and Hero in Book VI of The Faerie Queene,” Modern Language Review (1977).

“Narrative Technique in the Biographia Literaria,” Modern Language Review (1975).

Awards and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa, 1971

Boston College Finnernan Award for Academic Excellence, 1971

Dexter Travelling Fellowship, Harvard University, 1974

Distinguished Professor, Millsaps College, 1986

N.E.H. Fellow, The Newberry Library, 1986-87

N.E.H. Travel to Collections Grant, 1988

Professor of the Year, Silver Medalist, national competition, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, 1989

Mississippi Professor of the Year, CASE, 1989

Trustees’ Award for Teaching Excellence, Lake Forest College, 1999