Emily A. Ransom

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Email: eransom@nd.edu

Areas of Interest
Renaissance humanism, English reformations, devotional lyric, translation, biblical poetics

Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA
North Carolina State University, MA
University College Cork, Latin and Greek
Paideia Institute, Latin conversation
National University of Ireland Galway, Irish
Folger Institute, print history



Profile
Emily Ransom's dissertation "Redeeming Complaint in Tudor and Stuart Devotional Lyric: Poetry and Passion" explores the devotional use of the complaint mode in early modern poems that express the anguish and anger of biblical figures such as Peter, Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Christ himself.  In this way it brings together questions of the redemptive capacity of the emotions, sacred parody, consolation, and confessional poetics.  She served as the managing editor of the journal of Religion and Literature (2012–2013), and is currently the website administrator for a new Religion and Literature Syllabus Archive as part of the Mellon Initiative on Religion across the Disciplines.  Other current projects include co-translating Ælred of Rievaulx’s Lincoln sermons for Cistercian Press, and editing a forum on teaching the Bible as Literature for Religion and Literature.

Recent Scholarly Activity
Ariticles
"The Nutbrown Maid Converted: The New Notborune Mayd Vpon the Passion of Cryste." ELR 45.1 (2015).
"Digesting Job in Paradise Lost." Studies in Philology 111.1 (2014).
"Opposing Tyranny with Style: More, Lucian, and Classical Rhetorical Theory." Moreana 50 (2013).
"The Intersection of Poetry and Politics in More's Epigrammata." Moreana 47 (2010).

Book Reviews
Rev. of Bible Readers and Lay Writers in Early Modern England: Gender and Self-Definition in an Emergent Writing Culture, by Kate Narveson. John Donne Journal 23 (2013).
Rev. of The Artistic Links Between William Shakespeare and Sir Thomas More: Radically Different Richards, by Charles A. Hallett and Elaine S. Hallett. Modern Age (2013).

Conferences
"Rediscovered Religion in Recreated Anglo-Saxon Poetry." Presented at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, New York, 2014.
"Subversive Suffering: Thomas More and the Nutbrown Maid." Presented at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, San Diego, 2013.
"The Polemical Press: Thomas More, Brixius, and Early Print Rivalry." Presented at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, New York, 2014.
"Rediscovered Religion in Recreated Anglo-Saxon Poetry." Presented at the Mellon "New Media: From the Middle Ages to the Digital Age" conference, Notre Dame, 2012.
"Opposing Tyranny with Style: Thomas More’s Tyrannicida." Presented at the Amici Thomae Mori "More, Tyranny and Renaissance" conference, Paris, 2012.
"Spenser’s Ruines of Ecclesiastes." Presented at the Kalamazoo International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 2012.
"Printing Reform and Rebellion in Sixteenth-Century Dublin." Presented at the Keough-Naughton Institute "Hybrid Irelands: At Culture’s Edge" conference, Notre Dame, 2012.
"More’s Stylized Criticism of Lucian’s Tyrant-Killer." Presented at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2012.
"Literary Truth in More’s Early Works." Presented at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Montreal, 2011.
"The Intersection of Poetry and Politics in More’s Epigrammata." Presented at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Venice, 2010.