Stephen M. Fallon


John J Cavanaugh Professor of the Humanities
Professor, Program of Liberal Studies & Department of English

Specialty: Seventeenth-century literature, Milton, literature and the history of philosophy

Degrees: A.B., Princeton University; M.A., McGill University; Ph.D., University of Virginia

A scholar of Milton and early modern literature and intellectual history, Steve Fallon has written two books on Milton, one examining his materialism in light of seventeenth-century philosophical debates and the other exploring his anomalous self-representations against the background of conventional Puritan autobiography. He has also co-edited Milton’s Complete Poetry and Essential Prose for Modern Library and an essay collection, Immortality and the Body in the Age of Milton. A Guggenheim Fellowship is supporting his current book project on parallels in the thought of Milton and Isaac Newton. Fallon is on the editorial boards of the Yale Milton Encyclopedia and of Milton Studies; he is on the advisory board of Papers on Language and Literature, and he has served on the advisory board of PMLA. He has twice been an NEH Fellow as well as a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Named the Milton Society of America’s Honored Scholar in 2011, he later served as the Society’s president. With Clark Power, he co-founded a series of courses on literary and philosophical classics at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, and he is a founding member of the Faculty Steering Committee of the Notre Dame/Holy Cross Moreau Educational Initiative, which offers AA and BA degree programs at Westville Correctional Facility. He teaches courses on Shakespeare, Milton, and lyric poetry at the prison.


Selected Publications

  • Immortality and the Body in the Age of Milton. Co-edited with John Rumrich. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 
  • Milton, John. Complete Poetry and Selected Prose. Co-edited with William Kerrigan and John Rumrich. New York: Random House, 2007.
  • Milton’s Peculiar Grace: Self-representation and Authority. Ithaca: NY: Cornell University Press, 2007. (paperback edition, Cornell UP, 2008). 
  • Milton among the Philosophers: Poetry and Materialism in Seventeenth-Century England. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991 (paperback edition, Cornell UP, 2006). Winner of Milton Society of America's Hanford Book Award.
  • “Milton, Newton, and the Implications of Arianism.” In Milton in the Long Restoration. Ed. Blair Hoxby and Ann Baynes Coiro. Pp. 319-34. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • “Milton in Intellectual History.” In A New Companion to Milton. Ed. Thomas N. Corns. Pp. 356-75. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2016.
  • "Wordsworth after Milton: Paradise Lost and Regained in 'Nutting.'" Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas 13.2 (2015): 193-213.
  • “Milton as Narrator in Paradise Lost.” In The Cambridge Companion to ‘Paradise Lost.’ Ed. Louis Schwartz. Pp. 3-16. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • “Milton and Literary Virtue.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. 42 (2012): 181-200.
  • “Nascent Republican Theory in Milton’s Regicide Prose.” In The Oxford Handbook to Literature and the English Revolution. Ed. Laura L. Knoppers. Pp. 309-26. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • "Milton on Himself." In Milton in Context. Ed. Stephen Dobranski.  Pp. 46-57. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • "'The strangest piece of reason': Milton's Tenure of Kings and Magistrates." In The Oxford Handbook to Milton. Ed. Nicholas McDowell and Nigel Smith.  Pp. 241-51. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Paradise Lost in Intellectual History." In A Companion to Milton. Ed. Thomas N. Corns. Pp. 329-47. Oxford, Blackwell, 2001.
  • “Hunting the Fox: Equivocation and Authorial Duplicity in The Prince.” PMLA 107 (1992): 1181-95.


Awards and Honors

  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 2016
  • Mandel and Lady Davis Visiting Professor, Mandel Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Department of English, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Spring term 2014
  • "Honored Scholar," Milton Society of America, 2010  [This is the group's life achievement award]
  • S.W. Brooks Visiting Professor, University of Queensland, Australia, August 2008
  • Plenary speaker, International Milton Symposium, Grenoble, France, June 2006
  • Charles Sheedy Award for Teaching, College of Arts and Letters, 2001
  • NEH Research Fellowships, 1988-89 and 1995-96
  • ACLS Research Fellowship, 1988-89 (declined)
  • Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, 1984-85


The Notre Dame/Holy Cross College Prison Degree Program video
Milton Marathon 2011
Story on World Masterpieces Seminars
Milton at 400: Interview on Australian National Public Radio
Video: Stephen Fallon on Teaching at Notre Dame
Milton Society of America 
What Would You Fight For TV Spot
Program of Liberal Studies Profile


Contact Information
200 Decio Hall
(574) 631-6598

Postal address
Department of English
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556