Holly Pickett Professor of English

Holly Pickett

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Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005
M.A., English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2001
B.A., English (Classics minor), summa cum laude, Millsaps College, 1998


Shakespeare, medieval and early modern drama, history of drama, religious identities and controversies, representations of religious difference


WRIT 100-First Year Writing Seminar
English 231-Introduction to Drama
English 252-Shakespeare
English 318-Medieval and Renaissance Drama
English 319-Shakespeare and Company
English 320-Shakespearean Genres
English 354-Modern and Contemporary British and American Drama

Seminar and Capstone Topics

English 299-Love and Religion in Early Modern Drama
English 413-Drama and Performance Criticism; Ritual, Religion, and Drama

Selected Publications

"Motion Rhetoric in Serial Conversion Narratives: Religion and Change in Early Modern England," Redrawing the Map of Early Modern English Catholicism, ed. Lowell Gallagher (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012), 84-112.

"The Idolatrous Nose: Incense on the Early Modern Stage," Religion and Drama in Early Modern England: The Performance of Religion on the Renaissance Stage, ed. Jane Hwang Degenhardt and Elizabeth Williamson (Farnham, U.K.: Ashgate, 2011), 19-37.

"Angels in England: Idolatry and Transformation at the Red Bull Playhouse," Thunder at a Playhouse: Essaying Shakespeare and the Early Modern Stage, ed. Peter Kanelos and Matt Kozusko (Selinsgrove, Penn.: Susquehanna University Press, 2010), 175-99. 

"Dramatic Nostalgia and Spectacular Conversion in Dekker and Massinger's The Virgin Martyr," SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 49.2 (Spring 2009): 437-62.

Review of The Virgin Mary in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature and Popular Culture by Gary Waller, Renaissance Quarterly 64.4 (Winter 2011): 1326-27.

Review of Conversion in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: Seeing and Believing and Conversion: Old Worlds and New, ed. Kenneth Mills and Anthony Grafton, Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 35 (2004): 205-08.

Review of The Ottoman Empire and Early Modern Europe, by Daniel Goffman, Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 34 (2003): 232-34.

Review of The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village, by Eamon Duffy, Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 33 (2002): 188-91.

Review of The Poetics of Conversion in Early Modern English Literature by Molly Murray, Religion and Literature (forthcoming 2013). In press.

Work In Progress

The Drama of Serial Conversion in Early Modern England (forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press)

Sensational Idolatry: Reforming the Senses in Early Modern English Drama (book manuscript)


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship to the Huntington Library, 2017

O. B. Hardison, Jr. Fellowship to the Folger Shakespeare Library, 2016

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to the Newberry Library, 2008-2009

British Academy/Newberry Library Fellowship for Study in Great Britain, Summer 2007