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Dan Moss

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor

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 book, The Ovidian Vogue: Literary Fashion and Imitative Practice in Late Elizabethan Poetry (Toronto, 2014), maps the wide-ranging effects of Ovid’s pre-eminence as a source for imitation by the poets and playwrights of the 1590s. His work has also appeared in Modern Philology, Critical Survey, Spenser Studies, The Spenser Review, and in edited collections. 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/King’s Men.

In addition to the usual suspects like Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton, Dan’s teaching interests include Renaissance art and iconography, classical epic, the Bible as literature, and creative imitation. In his free time, he is writing two lost Shakespeare plays and 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
Introduction to Drama



The Ovidian Vogue: Literary Fashion and Imitative Practice in Late Elizabethan England. University of Toronto Press, 2014.


“Shakespeare’s Sonnets in the Undergraduate Classroom.” In The Sonnets: The State of Play, edited by Hannah Crawforth, Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, and Claire Whitehead, 251–67. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.

The Fair Maid of Alexandria: Fragments of a Lost Shakespeare Comedy.” Critical Survey 28 (2016): 96–114.

“‘The Second Master of Love’: George Chapman and the Shadow of Ovid.” Modern Philology 111, (2014): 457–84.

“Spenser’s Despair and God’s Grace.” Spenser Studies 23 (2008): 73–102