Laura L. Knoppers


Professor of English

Specialties: Seventeenth-century British literature, especially John Milton; early women writers; gender in history; and literature of the English Revolution

Degrees: BA, Calvin College; MA, PhD, Harvard University

Before joining the Notre Dame faculty in fall 2014, Laura L. Knoppers was Liberal Arts Research Professor of English at Penn State University. Knoppers takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the early modern period, focusing on intersections between literature, politics, religion, and visual culture.  She is the author of Politicizing Domesticity from Henrietta Maria to Milton’s Eve (Cambridge, 2011), Constructing Cromwell: Ceremony, Portrait, and Print, 1645-1661 (Cambridge, 2000), and Historicizing Milton: Spectacle, Power, and Poetry in Restoration England (University of Georgia, 1994). Her scholarly edition of Milton’s Paradise Regain’d and Samson Agonistes (Oxford, 2008) won the John Shawcross Award from the Milton Society of America. Knoppers has edited or co-edited five essay collections, including most recently The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women's Writing (2009) and The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution (2012). Since 2010, she has served as editor of Milton Studies. Knoppers is currently writing a book on luxury, cultural politics, and the court of Charles II and editing the seventeenth-century volume in the Oxford History of Poetry in English. A regularly-invited lecturer in national and international venues, Knoppers has received support for her research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bibliographical Society of America, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Folger Shakespeare Institute.


  • The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution. Editor. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Politicizing Domesticity from Henrietta Maria to Milton’s Eve. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Paperback edition, 2014.
  • Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women’s Writing. Editor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • The 1671 poems, Paradise Regain’d and Samson Agonistes, Volume 2, The Complete Works of John Milton, gen. ed. Thomas Corns and Gordon Campbell.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.  Winner of the Milton Society of America’s John T. Shawcross Award
  • Milton in Popular Culture. Co-editor with Gregory Semenza. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006.
  • Monstrous Bodies / Political Monstrosities in Early Modern Europe.  Co-editor with Joan Landes.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004.
  • Puritanism and Its Discontents. Editor. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2003.
  • Constructing Cromwell: Ceremony, Portrait, and Print, 1645-1661. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Paperback edition, 2009.
  • Historicizing Milton: Spectacle, Power, and Poetry in Restoration England. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 1994; 2nd printing, 1996. Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year for 1994.

Selected forthcoming or recent essays

  • “The French Connection: Luxury, Portraiture, and the Court of Charles II.” In From Republic to Restoration: Departures and Legacies. Ed. Janet Clare. Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2016.
  • “‘I still denied, much pleased to hear you sue’: Milton’s Eve, Ovid, and the Restoration Coquette.” In Milton and the Long Restoration. Ed. Ann Baynes Coiro and Blair Hoxby.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016.
  • ‘Bunyan’s Judges.” Bunyan Studies, forthcoming 2015.
  • “Cultural Legacies: The English Revolution in Nineteenth-Century British and French Literature and Art.” In The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution. Ed. Michael Braddick. Pp. 535-56.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • “Gender and the Public Sphere in Habermas and Milton: New Critical Directions.” Literature Compass (September 2014), 615-24. doi: 10.1111/lic3.12176.
  •  “‘You shall be our generalless’: Fashioning Warrior Women from Henrietta Maria to Hillary Clinton.” In Rethinking Historicism from Shakespeare to Milton. Ed. Ann Baynes Coiro and Thomas Fulton. Pp. 237-55. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 

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Department of English
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