Laura L. Knoppers

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George N. Shuster Professor of English Literature

Specialties: Seventeenth-century British literature, Milton, early women writers, gender in history, English Revolution, print culture and propaganda, poetry and poetics

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

Laura L. Knoppers’s primary research focus is on Milton’s works and life in religious, political, and cultural context.  She has written books on Milton’s oppositional poetry in Restoration England and on Milton’s Eve in relation to courtly representations of marriage and family; her scholarly edition of Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes broke new ground in book history and the history of reading, and she served as editor of Milton Studies from 2009-2018. Knoppers also teaches and writes about transatlantic early modern women writers, especially Margaret Cavendish, as well as the English Revolution, and Restoration literature and politics, including satire. 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.
  • John Milton, Paradise Regain’d and Samson Agonistes. Editor. Volume 2 in 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

  • “A British Caesar? Representations of Oliver Cromwell.” In Political Turmoil: Early Modern British Literature in Transition, 1623-1660, ed. Stephen Dobranski. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
  • “Gender, Knowledge, and the Medical Marketplace: The Case of Margaret Cavendish.” In The Routledge Research Companion to Women, Sex, and Gender in the Early British Colonial World, ed. Kimberly Anne Coles and Eve Keller. New York and London: Routledge, 2018, pp. 270-85.
  • “The French Connection: Luxury, Portraiture, and the Court of Charles II.” In From Republic to Restoration: Legacies and Departures, ed. Janet Clare. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018, pp. 267-88.
  • “‘I still denied, much pleased to hear you sue’: Milton’s Eve, Ovid, and the Restoration Coquette.” In Milton and the Long Restoration, ed. Blair Hoxby and Ann Baynes Coiro. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 191-203.
  • “Bunyan’s Judges.” Bunyan Studies: A Journal of Reformation and Nonconformist Culture 19 (2015): 53-75.
  • “Gender and the Public Sphere in Habermas and Milton: New Critical Directions.” Literature Compass (September 2014), 615-24. doi: 10.1111/lic3.12176. 

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