Susannah Monta

Associate Professor

Associate Professor
262 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-7201


Areas of study

  • Early Modern
  • Religion and Literature


Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison B.A., University of Illinois-Champaign B.S., University of Illinois-Champaign

Research and teaching interests

devotional lyric, religion and literature, hagiography, devotional prose, early modern Catholicism


Susannah Brietz Monta is Associate Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. Her books include Martyrdom and Literature in Early Modern England (Cambridge UP, 2005, paperback 2009; winner, Book of the Year award, Conference on Christianity and Literature), Teaching Early Modern English Prose (MLA, 2010, co-edited with Margaret W. Ferguson), and A Catholic Reads The Faerie Queene: Anthony Copley’s A Fig for Fortune (Manchester UP, 2016). She was the editor of Religion and Literature from 2008 to 2015, and is currently a co-editor of Spenser Studies. She is a founding co-editor of the series Catholicisms, ca. 1450-1800 for Durham University's Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and has served as vice-president and president of the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. She has published over thirty articles on topics including martyrology, hagiography, devotional poetry and prose, and religion and literature methodology. Current projects include a co-edited scholarly edition of the Lives of St. Philip Howard and Anne Dacre Howard, earl and countess of Arundel, for the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies (with Elizabeth Patton and Earle Havens), a five-volume complete works of Robert Southwell for Oxford University Press (with Peter Davidson and Emily Ransom), and a monograph on prayer, poetry, and repetition in the Reformation era. Her work has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame, and Oxford University’s John Fell Fund.

Representative publications

"The King's Psalms — or the Pope's? Katherine Parr's Psalms or Prayers, Collage Psalms, and English Catholic Devotion," Reformation 26:1 (2021), 8-22

"Remembering Mary, Contesting Reform: The English Sonnets of the Litany of Loreto," in Memory and the English Reformation, eds. Alexandra Walsham, Bronwyn Wallace, Ceri Law, and Brian Cummings (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2020), 117-131

Thomas S. Freeman and Susannah Monta, "Straunge and Prodigious Miracles"? John Foxe's Reformation of Virgin Martyr Legends," Reformation 24 (2019), 76-91; republished in Early Modern Literature and England's Long Reformation, eds. David Loewenstein and Alison Shell (Routledge, 2021), 76-91

A Fig for Fortune by Anthony Copley: A Catholic Reads the Faerie Queene (Manchester: Manchester University Press, The Manchester Spenser, 2016)

Martyrdom and Literature in Early Modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005; issued in paperback, Sept. 2009)