Professor Martin Dzelzainis

Prof M Dzelzainis

Department: School of Arts

Telephone: +44 (0)1162522628

Email: md240@le.ac.uk

Office hour:  Tuesdays 1.00- 2.00

Personal details

Biography

From King Henry VIII School, Coventry, I went to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to read English as an undergraduate before continuing with doctoral research supervised by Frank Kermode. After a year at Harvard as Herchel Smith Scholar, I completed my PhD on ‘The ideological context of John Milton’s History of Britain’ under the supervision of Quentin Skinner. Having taught at Royal Holloway, University of London, for most of my career, I came to Leicester in 2010. In 2014 I was Muriel McCarthy Research Fellow at Marsh’s Library, Dublin, and in 2017 a Mayer Research Fellow at the Huntington Library, California.

Qualifications

MA, PhD (Cambridge)

Publications

Books and editions

Ed. (with Edward Holberton), The Oxford Handbook of Andrew Marvell (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), pp. 828.

Ed. (with Annabel Patterson), The Prose Works of Andrew Marvell, Volume I: 1672-1673 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2003), pp. 438.

Ed. (with Warren Chernaik), Marvell and Liberty (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999), pp. xiii + 365.

Ed., John Milton, Political Writings, Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991), pp. xxxiii + 279.

Chapters in books since 2010

  • ‘“The vulgar only scap’d who stood without”: Milton and the politics of exclusion’, in Democracy and Anti-democracy in Early Modern England,1603-1689, ed. Cesare Cuttica and Markku Peltonen (Brill, forthcoming).
  • ‘Marvell and science’, in The Oxford Handbook of Andrew Marvell, ed. Martin Dzelzainis and Edward Holberton (OUP, in press).
  • ‘“a greater errour in Chronology”: issues of dating in Marvell’, in The Oxford Handbook of Andrew Marvell, ed. Martin Dzelzainis and Edward Holberton (OUP, in press).
  • (with Steph Coster) ‘The commissioning, writing, and printing of Mr. Smirke: a new account’, in The Oxford Handbook of Andrew Marvell, ed. Martin Dzelzainis and Edward Holberton (OUP, in press).
  • ‘“...ridiculous Pictures, and odious Medails”: visual propaganda in the Second and Third Anglo-Dutch Wars’, in Breaking the Image/Image brisée, ed. Christian Belin, Agnès Lafont, and Nicholas Myers (Classiques Garnier; in press).
  • ‘“The Sport of Bishop-Hunting”: Marvell and the neo-Laudians’, in From Republic to Restoration: Legacies and Departures, ed. Janet Clare (Manchester: MUP, 2018), pp. 226-44.

  • ‘Milton, Sir Henry Vane the Younger, and the toleration of Catholics’, in Milton and Catholicism, ed. Ronald Corthell and Thomas N. Corns (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017), pp. 65-82.

  • ‘“all things serious and sacred”: Clarendon as essayist’, in Clarendon Reconsidered: Law, Loyalty, Literature, 1640-1674, ed. Philip Major (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. 100-22.

  • ‘Managing the Later Stuart Press, 1662–1696’, in The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500–1700, ed. Lorna Hutson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 529-47.

  • ‘“In power of others, never in my own”: the meaning of slavery in Samson Agonistes’, in Milton in the Long Restoration, ed. Blair Hoxby and Ann Baynes Coiro (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 284-301.

  • ‘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 (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), pp. 249-65.

  • ‘Saturday 21 July 1683: Oxford and London’, in Enforcing and Eluding Censorship: British and Anglo-Italian Perspectives, ed. Giuliana Iannacaro and Giovanni Iamartino (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2014), pp. 44-56.

  • ‘Harrington and the oligarchs: Milton, Vane and Stubbe’, in Perspectives on English Revolutionary Republicanism, ed. Dirk Weimann and Gaby Mahlberg (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), pp. 15-33.

  • ‘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 since 2010

  • ‘Marvell, Nicolas Chorier, and the earl of Rochester: state satire and pornography in the dissenting academies’, Marvell Studies, 2.1 (2017), 1-18.
  • ‘“The second Edition, corrected”: a revised printing history of Marvell’s The Rehearsal Transpros’d (1672)’, Notes and Queries, 63.1 (2016), 62-6.
  • Marvell, Sir Peter Pett, Bishop Thomas Barlow and the projected Works of Lucius Cary, Viscount Falkland’, Andrew Marvell Newsletter, 6.2 (2014), 26-8.

  • ‘T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and the other Margate Sands’, Notes and Queries, 61.4 (2014), 590-91.

  • ‘Milton, Pierre Du Moulin, and the authorship of Regii sanguinis clamor ad coelum adversus parricidas Anglicanos (1652)’, Notes and Queries, 60.4 (2013), 537-8.

  • '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.

Work in progress

Books and editions

  • Ed. Andrew Marvell, 21st-Century Oxford Authors (Oxford University Press).
  • Ed., Edward Hyde, earl of Clarendon, Essays and Dialogues, in The Works of Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, gen. eds Martin Dzelzainis and Paul Seaward (Oxford University Press).
  • Ed., Volume X: The Histories, in The Complete Works of John Milton, gen. eds, Thomas N. Corns and Gordon Campbell (Oxford University Press)

Chapters in books and articles in journal

  • ‘“a meer Imperial or Ecclesiastical Machine”: Marvell and the Council of Nicaea in 1676’, The Puritan Literary Tradition, ed. Johanna Harris and Alison Searle (OUP).
  • ‘Edward Horton, printer of Andrew Marvell’s Miscellaneous Poems (1681)’.
  • ‘“The Indian slaves / That sink for pearl”: Marvell and America’.
  • ‘“one of this parliament and a conformist”: Andrew Marvell’s politics’.
  • ‘Marvell and ginseng’ (to be submitted to Marvell Studies).

Papers since 2010

  • 'Marvell's poetry in motion', Marvell at 400, University of St Andrews (May 2020).
  • ‘Milton, Lord Brooke, and the politics of exclusion’, International Milton Symposium 12, Université de Strasbourg (June 2019).
  • ‘Imagining the Early Modern “Deep State”’, ‘Literature and the Early Modern State’, Magdalene College, Cambridge (April 2019).
  • ‘“...ridiculous Pictures, and odious Medails”: visual propaganda in the Second and Third Anglo-Dutch Wars’, Early Modern Seminar, University of Leicester (January 2019).
  • ‘Marvell, the Royal Society, and the duchess of York’, Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Hull (January 2019)
  • ‘Literary history and historicism’, Symposium on ‘Interdisciplinarity in early modern studies: the state of the question’, Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Hull (June 2018).
  • ‘’Thomas Hobbes in Marvell’s “Garden”’, South-Central Renaissance Society, University of North Georgia, Atlanta (April, 2018).
  • ‘“'When persecutors threaten with a storm”: George Larkin, the Baptists, and the Tory reaction’, Turning Points in Britain and Ireland, 1658-1715, The Bangor Conference on the Restoration, University of Bangor (July 2017)
  • ‘“The vulgar only scap’d who stood without”: republicans and democrats’, Workshop on Democracy and Anti-democracy in Early Modern England 1603-1689, Max Weber Kolleg, University of Erfurt (July 2017).
  • ‘“a Garden of venimous Plants”: Marvell and science’, Early Modern Group seminar, Claremont-McKenna College, California (April 2017).
  • ‘The archive behind Bodleian MS Eng. poet d. 49’, South-Central Renaissance Society, University of Texas at Austin (April, 2017).
  • ‘“a meer Imperial or Ecclesiastical Machine”: Marvell and the Council of Nicaea in 1676’, Renaissance Society of America, Chicago (March-April 2017).
  • ‘Slavery, Property, and Rights’, Symposium on ‘Political Thought in Times of Crisis, 1640-1660’, The Folger Institute Center for the History of British Political Thought, Washington, DC (December, 2016).
  • ‘Marvell, Nicolas Chorier, and the earl of Rochester: state satire and pornography in the dissenting academies’, ‘Marvell in Europe’, Université de Haute Alsace-Mulhouse / Université de Strasbourg (June 2016).
  • ‘E.H. – printer of Marvell and Hobbes?’, British History in the 17th Century seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London (May 2016); versions given at South-Central Renaissance Society, St Louis (March 2016); Mediaeval and Renaissance Research Group seminar, School of English, University of St Andrews (March, 2016); Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies, University of Birmingham (February, 2016).
  • ‘“The vulgar only scap’d who stood without”: Milton and the people’, ‘Acknowledging Equality’, Seventh Balzan-Skinner Symposium, CRASSH, University of Cambridge (April 2016).
  • ‘What did Marvell’s poetry look like in manuscript?’, Renaissance Society of America, Boston (March-April 2016).
  • Roundtable, ‘Marvell Studies and the state of Marvell studies’, Renaissance Society of America, Boston (March-April 2016).
  • ‘Marvell’s Legacies’, Inaugural Andrew Marvell Public Lecture, Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Hull (March 2016).
  • Hostis humani generis: from Milton to Locke’, ‘Le Prince, le Tyran, le Despote: figures du souverain en Europe 1500-1800’, Université de Paris Ouest-Nanterre (January 2016).
  • ‘Roman and neo-roman slavery in Milton’s Samson Agonistes’, History of Political Thought Seminar, University of Oxford (November 2015).
  • (with Paul Seaward) ‘The OUP edition of The Works of Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon’, Early Modern British and Irish History Seminar, Trinity Hall, Cambridge (October, 2015)
  • ‘Samson and the moral psychology of slavery’, Eleventh International Milton Symposium, University of Exeter (July 2015).
  • ‘“Enough; and leave the rest to Fame”: Marvell’s lapidary epitaph on Frances Jones’, Renaissance Society of America, Berlin (March 2015).
  • Roundtable, ‘Restoration Marvell’, Renaissance Society of America, Berlin (March 2015).
  • ‘Marvell and Prince Rupert of the Rhine’, South-Central Renaissance Society, University of North Carolina, Raleigh (March 2015); version given at the Conference on the Restoration, University of Bangor (July 2015)
  • ‘“This jail I count the house of liberty”: John Milton and the moral psychology of slavery’, Conference on Milton in the Long Restoration, Stanford University (April 2014).
  • ‘Did Marvell circulate “An Horatian Ode”?’, South-Central Renaissance Society, University of Arizona, Tucson (March 2014).
  • ‘Marvell, Milton and Sarpi’s History of the Inquisition, Renaissance Society of America, New York (March 2014).
  • (with Richard Serjeantson), ‘Milton and political thought’, Erasmus Society, Queens’ College, Cambridge (February 2014).
  • ‘“This jail I count the house of liberty”: John Milton, Isaiah Berlin, and the moral psychology of slavery’, Colloquium: Exploring the Early-Modern Moral and Political Imagination, University of Helsinki (September 2013).
  • ‘“Eyeless in Gaza”: Milton and slavery’, Conference on Milton in the Long Restoration, British Studies Center, Rutgers University, New Jersey (April 2013); version given at the Conference on the Restoration: The Image of Monarchy, 1649-1713, University of Bangor (July 2013).
  • ‘“a Garden of venimous Plants”: Andrew Marvell and Science’, Inaugural lecture, University of Leicester (May 2013).
  • ‘Marvell and the Royal Society’, South-Central Renaissance Conference, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska (March 2013).
  • ‘“...ridiculous Pictures, and odious Medails”: visual propaganda in the Third Anglo-Dutch War’, Society for Renaissance Studies Annual Partnership Lecture, Conference on The Broken Image/L’image brisée, Université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier III (November 2012).
  • ‘“…the Comet, under which they say we yet labour”: Marvell and the Second Anglo-Dutch War’, Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Exeter (October 2012).
  • ‘Andrew Marvell and the Dutch in 1665: the evidence of MS 1344’, Yorkshire Collections Lecture 2012, Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Leeds (October 2012).
  • ‘Policing the Restoration Literary Underground’, Panel on censorship, SHARP 20th Annual Conference, ‘The Battle for Books’, Trinity College, Dublin (June 2012).
  • Discutant, ‘Penser en France les révolutions britanniques au XVIIe siècle / Interpreting the British revolutions of the seventeenth century: some recent French contributions’, Centre Roland Mousnier, Université de Paris Sorbonne (June 2012).
  • ‘Marvell and the Dutch in 1665’, South-Central Renaissance Conference, University of New Orleans, Louisiana (March 2012).
  • ‘Marlowe’s Massacre at Paris: inside the “royal cabinet”’, Early Modern Literature Graduate Seminar, Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Oxford (January 2012).
  • Pour enclouer le canon and the republicanism of Henry Vane and John Milton’, ‘English Republican Ideas and Networks in C17th and C18th Europe – A conference in celebration of James Harrington’s 400th birthday’, University of Potsdam (June-July 2011); version given at the Early Modern British and Irish History Seminar, University of Cambridge (October 2011).
  • ‘“The Sport of Bishop-Hunting”: Marvell’s anticlericalism’, The South-Central Renaissance Conference, St Louis University, Missouri (March 2011).
  • ‘Saturday 21 July 1683: Oxford and London’, ‘Hidden Words, Forbidden Books: Five Hundred Years of Censorship in the English World’, University of Milan (November 2010).
  • ‘Marvell South of the River’, plenary lecture, Conference on Marvell and London, University of Oxford (July 2010).
  • ‘Andrew Marvell and George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham’, Louis Martz Lecture, The South-Central Renaissance Conference, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas (March 2010).
  • ‘Milton and the regicide’, plenary lecture, ‘Inhabiting this Hour: John Milton, His Bequest, 1608-2010’, Department of English, University of Delhi (February 2010)

Research

My main field of research is in the literature, history, and political thought of the early-modern period. Three seventeenth-century writers are at the forefront of my work. One is Andrew Marvell, whose prose and poetry I am editing for the 21st-Century Oxford Authors series, to be accompanied by The Oxford Handbook of Marvell (co-edited with Edward Holberton).

The second is John Milton. My long-standing interest in his historical and political thought will culminate in an edition of The Histories, forming volume 10 of the OUP Complete Works of John Milton. The main thrust of my research concerns Edward Hyde, first earl of Clarendon, arguably the leading English statesman and unquestionably the greatest English historian of the seventeenth century. With the exception of W. D. Macray’s edition of The History of the Rebellion (1888), none of his works has been properly edited, and several remain in manuscript.

I am the general editor with Dr Paul Seaward (Director, History of Parliament) of The Works of Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, commissioned by OUP, as well as editor of two of the individual volumes. The edition will make available, in print and electronically, annotated texts of all the major historical, autobiographical, polemical, official, moral, devotional and religious writings, based on the Clarendon papers in the Bodleian Library.

Teaching

Office hours: Monday, 1.00pm - 1.50pm (Att.1410)

Undergraduate

Masters

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
  • Republicanism
  • Print and manuscript culture
  • Restoration satire
  • Libertinism

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