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Scholarly Interest Report
Joseph A. Campana
Associate Professor
Alan Dugald McKillop Chair and Associate Professor of English Literature
  • B.A. English (1996) Williams College, Williamstown, MA
  • M.A. English Literature (1997) University of Sussex, Falmer, UK
  • M.A. English Literature (2000) Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Ph.D. English Literature (2003) Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Primary Department
   Department of English
Department Affiliations
  • Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
    Research Areas
     Renaissance literature and culture, the poetry and plays of William Shakespeare, the study of women, gender, and sexuality, creative writing, contemporary poetry, arts criticism, Shakespeare in 20-21st century performance, energy humanities
    Teaching Areas
     Renaissance poetry, Shakespeare, medieval and early modern romance, allegory, histories of sexuality, arts criticism, Shakespeare in 20-21st century performance, energy humanities
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles

    Joseph Campana ""Distribution, Assemblage, Capacity: New Keywords for Masculinity?"." European Review of History (2015)


    Joseph Campana ""Introduction"." Studies in English Literature: Staging Allegory (special issue), 55.2 (2015)


    Joseph Campana "Shakespearean Exceptionalism." Shakespeare International Yearbook (2015)


    Joseph Campana "Spenser's Inhumanity." Spenser Studies, 30 (2015) : 277-299.


    Joseph Campana "Masculinity." Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Poetry (2016) In Progress


    Joseph Campana, "The Child's Two Bodies: Shakespeare, Sovereignty, and the Ends of Succession." ELH 81.3 (Fall 2014).


    “The Bee and the Sovereign? Political Entomology and the Problem of Scale” Shakespeare

                Studies 41(2013): 94-113.


    “Shakespeare’s Children,” Literature Compass 8.1 (2011): 1-14.


    Joseph Campana, "Boy Toys and Liquid Joys: Please and Power in the Bower of Bliss." Modern Philology 106.3 (February 2009): 465-496.


    “The State of England’s Camp: Courtesans, Curses, and the Violence of Style in The Unfortunate Traveller” Prose Studies 29.3 (December 2007): 347-358.


    Killing Shakespeare’s Children: The Cases of Richard III and King John.” Shakespeare 3.1 (April 2007): 18-39.

     Joseph Campana, "On Not Defending Poetry: Spenser, Suffering, and the Energy of Affect." PMLA 120.1 (2005): 33-48.

    Joseph Campana "Bee Tree Child: Sovereign Creatures in Renaissance Contexts." In Progress


    Joseph Campana "The Book of Life." In Progress


    Joseph Campana "The Child's Two Bodies." In Progress


    Joseph Campana, Natural Selections (Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2012)


    Joseph Campana, The Pain of Reformation: Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity (New York: Fordham University Press, 2012)

     Joseph Campana, The Book of Faces (Graywolf Press, 2005)
     Editor of books

    Joseph Campana ""Staging Allegory" (special issue of SEL)." Studies in English Literature: Staging Allegory (special issue), 55.2 (2015) In Press


    Joseph Campana and Scott Maisano "Renaissance Posthumanism."  (2016) In Press

     Book chapters

    Joseph Campana ""H is for Humanism"." Renaissance Posthumanism (2016)


    Joseph Campana "Dancing Will: The Case of Romeo and Juliet." Romeo and Juliet: A Critical Guide (2016)


    Joseph Campana and Scott Maisano ""Introduction"." Renaissance Posthumanism (2016)


    Joseph Campana "Crocodile Tears." Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts (2016) In Press


    Joseph Campana "Exhaust." Veer EcologyIn Revision


    Joseph Campana "The Pain of Poetry." John Donnet: ContextsIn Press


    Joseph Campana "The Traffic in Children." Childhood, Education, and the Stage in Early Modern EnglandIn Press


    Joseph Campana "The Bee and the Sovereign (II): Segments, Swarms, and the Shakespearean Multitude." The Return of Theory in Early Modern English English Studies II (2014) : 59-80.


    Joseph Campana and Theodore Bale "Picking, Pawning, Hoarding, and Storing: Archive America on Reality TV"." The Oddball Archive (2016) In Press


    “Middleton as Poet” in  The Oxford Handbook of Middleton Studies, ed. Gary

         Taylor, Oxford University Press, 2012)


    Joseph Campana, “Letters (1580)” in The Oxford Handbook of Spenser Studies, ed. Richard A McCabe (Oxford University Press, 2010), 178-197.


    Joseph Campana, "Reading Bleeding Trees: The Poetics of Other People’s Pain in Edmund Spenser’s Legend of Holiness,” in The Sense of Suffering: Constructions of Pain in Early Modern
    Europe, ed. J. F. van Dijkhuizen and Karl Enenkel, Leiden: Brill, 2009): 347-376.


    Joseph Campana, “Cruising Crusoe” in: Queer People: Negotiations and Expressions of Homosexuality, 1700-1800, Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture, ed. Chris Mounsey and Caroline Gonda (Bucknell University Press, 2007): 159-175.

    Creative Works
     Other - "Lease" and "Uncle Vanya"
     poems, Field, (Winter 2013)
     Other - Live Oak
     poem, Southwest Review, (Winter 2013)
     Conference Paper

    "“Re: Birth, or, The Biopolitical Child,” panel presenter and organizer of “Renaissance

    Biopolitics” at Shakespeare Association of America, Vancouver, April 2-4, 2015.." (April 3, 2015)


    "“Renaissance Biopolitics” at SLSA (After Biopolitics) at Rice University, Nov 12-15, 2015.." (Nov 12, 2015)


    "“Slow Violence and the Speed of System in “The Legend of Justice” at Sixteenth Century

    Society and Conference, Vancouver, October 22-25, 2015." (October 24, 2015)


    ""The Steady Drone of Industry: Bees, Biopower, and Early Modern Cultures of Energy,"       "From Energeia to Energy," Knowing Nature, U of Maryland, DC, October 24-25, 2014.." (October 25, 2014)


    "“Exceptional Humans, Human Exceptionalism, Shakespearean Exceptionalism,” Sixteenth-

    Century Society Conference, New Orleans, October 16-18, 2014." (October 17, 2014)

     Invited Papers

    "Reading Bleeding Trees." Imagining Pain in Early Modern Europe, University of Leiden,, Leiden, Netherlands. (October 25-27, 2007)

     Invited Talks

    ""The Child's Two Bodies: Shakespeare and the Ends of Succession." (October 2013)


    "Poetry reading at U of Cincinnatti." (October 2013)


    "The Steady Drone of Industry: Bees, Biopower and Early Modern Cultures of Energy." (April 4, 2013)


    "From Necropolitics to Biopolitics? Shakespeare, Lucrece, Increase." Shakespeare Association of America, Dallas, TX. (March 13-15, 2008)


    "Images of Engines or Twig Technologies?: George Oppen and the Broken Machines of Metaphysics ." George Oppen: A Centenary Conversation, Edinburgh, UK. (November 15-16, 2008)


    "Spenser's Tree, Tasso's Trauma." International Spenser Society, Modern Languages Association, Chicago, IL. (December 27-30, 2007) With `


    "Civilization and Incest: Spenser and the Numbers of Sexuality." Spenser's Civilizations, International Spenser Society, Toronto, Canada. (May 18-21, 2006)


    "Damaged Goods: Spenser's Disarmed Divinities." MLA, Spenser Sessions, Philadelphia, PA. (December 27-30, 2004)


    "Lyric Skin." Institue for English Studies, School of Advanced Studies, London, England. (Nov. 15-7, 2001)


    "Mechanical Failures." MLA, Division of Literature of the English Renaissance, Philadelphia, PA. (December 27-30, 2004)


    "Spenser, Chaucer, and the Discontinuities of Romance Time." Renaissance Medievalisms, Center for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, Toronto, Canada. (October 6-7, 2006)


    "The Future of Pain." MLA, Caucus for Gay Studies in Language and Literature, Washington, DC. (December 27-30, 2005)


    "The State of England's Camp: Courtesans, Curses, and the Violence of Style in the Unfortunate Traveller." Renassiance Society of America, New York, NY. (April 1-3, 2004)


    "Translating Pain." American Comparative Literature Association, San Juan, PR. (April 10-14, 2002)

     Seminar Speaker

    "Staging Allegory." (March 28, 2013)


    "Killing Shakespeare's Children." Shakespeare Association of American, Bermuda. (March 17-19, 2005)


    "Shakespeare's Spectral Children." Shakespeare Association of American, San Diego, CA. (April 2-5, 2007)

    Editorial Positions
     Editor, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2011 - 2011)

     Editor, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1800. Rice University. (2011 - 2011)

     Editor, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2012 - 2012)

     Editor, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900. John Hopkins University Press. (2013 - 2016)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Esei Murakishi, BA Ambuscade: Poetry Manuscript. (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Katherine Waller, BA Bodies in Common. (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Jayme Yeo, PhD Imagining Unity. (2012) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Maria Vrcek, BA Unpunished Crimes in the plays of William Shakespeare. (2012) (Thesis Director)

     Jill Delsigne, PhD Affective Art: Animating Statues in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton. (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Individual Artist Grant, Houston Arts Alliance

     Theodore Morrison Fellow in Poetry, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference

     "Best in Show", Southwest Review (1/15/2014)

     South Central MLA Book Prize, South Central MLA (12/1/2013)

     Arts Initiative Grant, Rice

     Iowa Poetry Prize, University of Iowa Press

     Individual Research Fellowship, Humanities Research Center, Rice University (11/2010)

     Crompton-Noll Award for the best essay in lesbian, gay, and queer studies , from the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Languages Association (12/28/09)

     Individual Artist Grant, Houston Arts Alliance

     Glenna Luschei Award, Prairie Schooner Magazine (2007)

     Isabelle McCaffrey Essay Prize, International Spenser Society (12/29/06)

     Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry, National Endowment for the Arts (12/12/06)