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Megan Heffernan

  • Associate Professor and Director of Combined BA/MA in English Program
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  • English
  • Faculty
  • 773-325-8113
  • Arts and Letters Hall, 312-18

My research focuses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, with special interests in the material and cultural histories of the book; poetry and poetics; and early modern theories of aesthetic style, value, and periodization.

I am currently at work on a book that shows how habits of collecting short poems came to direct literary craft and interpretation in the century after Tottel’s "Songes and Sonettes" (1557). In gathered poetry by Gascoigne, Whitney, Spenser, Donne, and Shakespeare, poets and stationers developed an experimental poetics that could connect the literary imagination to the period’s evolving textual practices.

I am also in the early stages of a second project, largely on Shakespeare, that considers the dramatic reuse of history and poetry anthologies as an impetus for self-consciously minor writing.​