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Mary Crane

english department

Mary Crane

Thomas F. Rattigan Professor         

A.B., Harvard College
Ph.D., Harvard University

Stokes Hall S423
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3735
Fax: 617-552-4220

Academic Profile

Specializes in English Renaissance literature and culture, 1500-1660, especially intellectual history, history of science and technology, and cognitive literary theory.



Edited Collection


  • “Surface, Depth, and the Spatial Imaginary: A Cognitive Reading of The Political Unconscious,” Representations, fall 2009.
  • “Analogy, Metaphor and the New Science: Cognitive Science and Early Modern Epistemology,” Lisa Zunshine, ed., Introduction to Cognitive Cultural Studies (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press).
  • Roman World, Egyptian Earth: Cognitive Difference and Empire in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra,” Comparative Drama 43 (2009): 1-18.
  • Illicit Privacy and Outdoor Spaces in Early Modern England,” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 9.1 (2009): 4-22.
  • “The Materiality of the Scholarly Text,” Diana Henderson, ed., Alternative Shakespeares Three (London: Routledge, 2008), pp. 221-242.
  • Recent Studies in Tudor and Stuart Drama,” SEL 46 (2006): 461-511.
  • “Marvell’s Amazing Garden,” in Environment and Embodiment in Early Modern England, ed., Mary Floyd Wilson and Garrett Sullivan, New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007.
    pp. 35-54.
  • “The Physics of King Lear: Cognition in a Void,” Graham Bradshaw, Tom Bishop, and Mark Turner, eds., The Shakespearean International Yearbook, Vol. 4 (2004): 3-23.
  • Macbeth and Binary Logic,” The Work of Fiction, ed., Ellen Spolsky and Alan Richardson (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004): 107-126.
  • What Was Performance?”, Criticism 43.2 (2001): 169-187.
  • “Early Tudor Humanism” in, A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, Michael Hattaway, ed., (Oxford: Blackwell,2000): 13-26.
  • “Conflicting Identities of Early Modern English Women," Maternal Measures: Figuring Caregiving in the Early Modern Period, ed. Naomi Miller and Naomi Yavneh, (Aldershot, U.K. and Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 2000): 212-223.
  • (With Alan Richardson), "Toward a New Interdisciplinarity: Literary Studies and Cognitive Science," Mosaic 32 (1999): 123-40.
  • "Male Pregnancy and Cognitive Permeability in Measure for Measure," Shakespeare Quarterly 49 (1998): 269-92.
  • “Linguistic Change, Theatrical Practice, and the Ideologies of Status in As You Like It,” English Literary Renaissance 27 (1997): 361-92.
  • "Herrick's Cultural Materialism," George Herbert Journal 14 (1990-91): 21-50.
  • "'His Owne Style': Voice and Writing in Jonson's Poems," Criticism 32 (1990): 31-50.
  • "Video et Taceo: Elizabeth I and the Rhetoric of Counsel," Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 28 (1988): 1-15.
  • "Intret Cato: Authority and the Epigram in Sixteenth-Century England," Harvard English Studies XIV (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1986): 158-186.
  • "The Shakespearean Tetralogy," Shakespeare Quarterly 36 (1985): 282-299.

Additional Professional Information

Co-editor, with Henry Turner, of Ashgate Press series Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity. Editorial Advisory Committee of PMLA, 2003-2005; Editorial Advisory Board of Renaissance Quarterly, 2003-2005.