Professor Martin Dzelzainis
MA, PhD (Cambridge)
Professor of Renaissance Literature and Thought
T: +44 (0)116 252 2628
My main field of research is renaissance literature and thought, including the following: John Milton; Andrew Marvell; literature and politics; republicanism; rhetoric; satire; print culture; censorship; the history of truth telling; and liberty and libertinism.
Much of my recent work has focused on Marvell, particularly an edition of Marvell's two-part prose satire The Rehearsal Transpros'd (1672, 1673) for Volume 1 of The Prose Works of Andrew Marvell (Yale University Press, 2003). I am now looking more broadly at the communicative interchange between speech, manuscript, and print in the early modern period.
Current projects include a monograph for OUP entitled The Flower in the Panther: Print and Censorship in England, 1662-1695; an edition of Andrew Marvell's writings for 21st Century Oxford Authors; and (with Edward Holberton) The Oxford Handbook of Marvell.
Future editorial work includes Volume X: The Histories for the forthcoming OUP Complete Works of John Milton, ed. Tom Corns and Gordon Campbell. And I am General Editor (together with Dr Paul Seaward, Director, History of Parliament Trust) of the forthcoming OUP edition of The Works of Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon. Other long term projects include a monograph, Hidden Powers, a study of cabinets and cabals in English literature, 1590-1690.
Current Postgraduate Supervision
I welcome postgraduate students (MA or PhD) with interests in any of the following areas of research outlined above, especially the following:
- John Milton;
- Andrew Marvell;
- Literature and politics;
- Print culture;
Teaching and Administration
- EN1050 Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
- EN2020 Renaissance Literature (convenor)
- EN2050 From Satire to Sensibility: Literature 1660-1789
- EN3172 Libertine Literature
Chapters in books
‘Marvell and the Dutch in 1665’, in A Concise Companion to the Study of Manuscripts, Printed Books, and the Production of Early Modern Texts, ed. Edward Jones (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming).
‘Milton, Sir Henry Vane the Younger, and the toleration of Catholics’, in Milton and Catholicism, ed. Ronald Corthell and Thomas N. Corns (University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming).
‘Saturday 21 July 1683: Oxford and London’, in The Ways of Censorship: Anglo-Italian Cross-currents, ed. Giovanni Iammartino and Giuliana Iannacaro (Cambridge Scholars, forthcoming).
‘Harrington and the oligarchs: Milton, Vane and Stubbe’, in Perspectives on English Revolutionary Republicanism, ed. Gaby Mahlberg and Dirk Weimann (Ashgate, forthcoming).
‘Milton, Foucault, and the New Historicism’, in Rethinking Historicism from Shakespeare to Milton, ed. Ann Baynes Coiro and Thomas Fulton (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 209-33.
‘The Ciceronian theory of tyrannicide from Buchanan to Milton’, in George Buchanan: Political Thought in Early Modern Britain and Europe, ed. Caroline Erskine and Roger A. Mason, St Andrews Studies in Reformation History (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012), pp. 173-87.
‘1649’, in The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, ed. Joad Raymond (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 609-18. (This volume was a winner of the Sixteenth Century Society’s Roland H. Bainton Prize.)
'Milton and the regicide', in John Milton: Life, Writing, Reputation, ed. Paul Hammond and Blair Worden (Oxford: Oxford University Press for The British Academy, 2010), pp. 91-105.
‘“What a do with the Kings and the statues is here”: Milton, Marvell and John Sobieski’, in Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity in the Republic of Letters: Essays in Honour of Richard Maber, ed. Paul Scott (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010), pp. 17-32.
Articles in journals
‘Milton, Pierre Du Moulin, and the authorship of Regii sanguinis clamor ad coelum adversus parricidas Anglicanos (1652)’ (Notes and Queries, forthcoming).
‘Andrew Marvell, Edward Nelthorpe, and the Province of West New Jersey’, Andrew Marvell Newsletter, 5.1 (2013), 20-25.
‘Andrew Marvell and George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham’, Explorations in Renaissance Culture, 36.2 (2011), 151-69.