Frank W. Brownlow

Professor Emeritus of English

Specialization
English Renaissance literature including Shakespeare; music and poetry

F.W. Brownlow, Gwen and Allen Smith Professor of English, has taught Chaucer, Eighteenth-Century Literature, Romantic Literature, and Literary Criticism at Mount Holyoke, but his specialty is in Shakespeare and the Renaissance. At present he teaches courses in Shakespeare, the Renaissance, English literary history, and the Baroque in English Literature.

Brownlow has written books on Shakespeare and Robert Southwell and edited John Skelton's The Book of the Laurel (1991). His numerous reviews cover both contemporary British and early modern subjects, and include pieces on Malcolm Muggeridge, Cyril Connolly, and W. B. Yeats. He is currently at work on a book about Elizabeth I and the torturer Richard Topcliffe, while continuing to edit Skelton and Southwell.

Selected Publications

  • Two Shakespearean Sequences (1977)
  • The Book of the Laurel (1991)
  • Shakespeare, Harsnett, and the Devils of Denham (1993)
  • Robert Southwell (1996)

Recent Essays

  • "Performance and Reality at the Court of Elizabeth I." In The Mysteries of Elizabeth. Edited by Kirby Farrell and Kathleen Swaim. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003, 3-20.
  • "Richard Topcliffe: Elizabeth's Enforcer and the Representation of Power in King Lear." In Theatre and Religion: Lancastrian Shakespeare. Edited by Richard Dutton, Alison Findlay, and Richard Wilson. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2003, 161-78.
  • “A Jesuit allusion to King Lear.” Recusant History 28.3 (May, 2006): 416-23.
  • “Eschatological Form in Skelton's Poetry.” In Renaissance Historicisms: Essays on honor of Arthur F.Kinney. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2008, 11-35.
  • “The British church in The Shepheardes Calender.” Spenser Studies 23 (2008): 1-12.

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