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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

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, Mass. 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.



  • Losing Touch with Nature: Literature and the New Science in Sixteenth-Century England (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
  • Shakespeare’s Brain: Reading with Cognitive Theory,
    (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000).
  • Framing Authority: Sayings, Self, and Society in Sixteenth Century England
    (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993).

Edited Collection


  • “Marlowe and the New Science,” Christopher Marlowe in Context, ed. Emily Bartels and Emma Smith (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 252-261.
  •  “Optics,” Henry Turner, ed., 21st Century Approaches to Early Modern Theatricality (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 250-269.
  • “Spenser’s Giant and the New Science,” Go Figure: Energies, Forms, and Institutions in the Early Modern World ed. Judith H. Anderson and Joan Pong Linton, (New York: Fordham University Press, 2011): 19-37.
  • “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, 2010).
  • “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.