Michael Holahan

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Associate Professor

Educational Background

Ph.D., Yale University


Michael Holahan studies the literature of the English Renaissance and its affiliations with the classical past. While his principal concern now is the drama of Shakespeare, he also extends his interests to include the development of the novel from Austen to Henry James and L. P. Hartley.

In June 2014, Professor Holahan delivered a paper entitled “An Evening Tea in Portsmouth: Bringing Forward Stains and Dirt” on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park to The Jane Austen Society of North America (North Texas Region).

Selected Publications

  • “Iamque opus exegi: Ovid’s Changes and Spenser’s Brief  pic of Mutability,” English Literary Renaissance 6 (1976), 44-70.
  • “The Oresteia” in Homer to Brecht: The European Epic and  Dramatic Traditions, eds. Seidel and  Mendelson (Yale University Press; New Haven, 1977), 143-70.
  • "Ovid and Spenser,” The Spenser Encyclopedia, eds.  A.C. Hamilton et al. (University of Toronto Press, 1990).
  • “Wyatt, the Heart’s Forest, and the Ancient Savings,”  English Literary Renaissance 23 (1993), 46-80.
  • “’Look, her lips’: Softness of Voice, Construction of Character in  King Lear,”  Shakespeare Quarterly 48 (1997), 406-431.