Departmental Directory

Marjorie Swann

Associate Professor

D.Phil. (Oxford)


Marjorie Swann's research focuses on seventeenth-century English literature and culture. She is particularly interested in how literature is related to material culture, gender and sexuality, and environmental history. She is currently editing a new edition of Izaak Walton’s famous fishing treatise, The Compleat Angler, for Oxford University Press, as well as writing a book about Walton’s Angler and its post-seventeenth-century afterlives.



Courses taught

  • Early Modern Literature and the Environment
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Renaissance Poetry
  • Queen Elizabeth I
  • Shakespeare Recycled

Areas of Research

Seventeenth-century English literature and culture.

Publications (selected)

  • Curiosities and Texts: The Culture of Collecting in Early Modern England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001).

  • "Vegetable Love: Botany and Sexuality in Early Modern England,"The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature, ed. Jean E. Feerick and Vin Nardizzi (New York: Palgrave, 2012), 139-58. 

  • “Sex and the Single Queen: The Erotic Lives of Elizabeth Tudor in Seventeenth-Century England,” Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England, ed. Carole Levin  and Robert Bucholz (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009), 224-41. 

  • “‘Procreate Like Trees’: Generation and Society in Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici,” Engaging with Nature: Essays on the Natural World  in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Barbara Hanawalt and Lisa Kiser (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008), 137-54. 

  • The Compleat Angler and the Early Modern Culture of Collecting,” English Literary     Renaissance 37.1 (February 2007): 100-117.

Distinctions/honors/awards

Fellowships and grants from the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, the Museum Loan Network, and the Huntington Library.