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Dan Moss

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ph.D., Princeton

Dan Moss is an associate professor in the English Department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where he was a Mellon Fellow. Specializing in late 16th-century poetry and drama, Dan’s re-evaluation of Spenser’s Despair episode has appeared in Spenser Studies, and his work on Ovidian allusion in Chapman’s early satires is forthcoming in Modern Philology. A monograph, The Ovidian Vogue: Literary Fashion and Imitative Practice in Late Elizabethan Poetry, was published by the University of Toronto Press. Dan has recently turned his attention to early modern English drama and the question of Shakespeare’s status as an in-house playwright for the Lord Chamberlain’s Company.

Dan’s teaching interests include the Bible as literature, the classical epic, Renaissance iconography, and Shakespeare in performance and on film. In his free time, he is putting the finishing touches on The Faerie Queene.

Courses Taught

Shakespeare and the Resources of Drama (graduate seminar)
Spenser’s Faerie Queene and the Varieties of Literary Imitation (graduate seminar)
Shakespeare and the Boys
Renaissance Writers: Spenser and Milton
Poetic Occasions
Shakespearean Pairings
The Epic Foundations of Western Literature
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Literary Study


The Ovidian Vogue: Literary Fashion and Imitative Posture in Late Elizabethan Poetry, University of Toronto Press 2014

“‘The Second Master of Love’: George Chapman and the Shadow of Ovid,” in Modern Philology (February 2014)

“Spenser’s Despair and God’s Grace,” Spenser Studies 23 (2008)