English Department Faculty

Mary Crane

Thomas F. Rattigan Professor





  • 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


  • “Form and Pressure in Shakespeare,” forthcoming in “Imagining Early Modern Scientific Forms,” a special issue of Philological Quarterly ed. Debapriya Sarkar and Jenny C. Mann.
  • “’Cabin’d, Cribb’d, Confin’d: Thwarted Motion in Macbeth, forthcoming in Renaissance Movement, ed. Kathryn Banks and Tim Chesters, Palgrave, 2018.
  • “Meteorology, Embodiment, and Environment in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” forthcoming in Mary Floyd-Wilson and Garrett Sullivan, eds., The Geography of Embodiment in Early Modern England.
  • “Le cognitivism historique est-il possible?,” trans. Francoise Lavocat, in Interpretation Literaire et Sciences Cognitives, ed. Francoise Lavocat (Paris: Hermann, 2016): 57-78.                   
  • “John Donne and the New Science,” Howard Marchitello and Evelyn Tribble, eds, Palgrave Handbook of Early Modern Literature, Science, and Culture (London: Palgrave, 2017), 95-114.
  • “Cognitive Historicism: Intuition in Early Modern Thought,” in Lisa Zunshine, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • “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 S. Turner of  Alembics: Penn Studies in Literature and Science (Penn Press).  Editorial Board of English Literary Renaissance.  Director, Institute for the Liberal Arts, Boston College.