Ryan Hackenbracht, PhD
Assistant Professor - English
Office: 428 English Building
Areas of Specialization and Interest
Renaissance, Book History, Religion and Literature
Hackenbracht specializes in early modern British poetry, prose, and drama. His current book project, National Reckonings: The Last Judgment and National Identity in Milton’s England, examines the relationship between nationhood, eschatology, and literary form and genre during the English Revolution and Restoration. His research interests include: Milton and early modern poetry, the English Revolution, Thomas Hobbes and political philosophy, Henry Vaughan and royalist writing, book history and print culture, religion and literature, apocalypticism, and church history. Hackenbracht is a recipient of the Albert C. Labriola Award from the Milton Society of America, and his work has recently appeared in Studies in Philology and Renaissance and Reformation.
Book in Progress
- "Hobbes' Hebraism and the Last Judgment in Leviathan." In Early Modern Identities in English: Religion, Gender, Nation, ed. by Lorna Fitzsimmons. Brepols, 2014. Forthcoming.
- "Mourning the Living: Surrey's 'Wyatt Resteth Here,' Henrician Funerary Debates, and the Passing of National Virtue." Renaissance and Reformation 35.2 (2012): 61-82 (winner of the 2013 Natalie Zemon Davis Award from Renaissance and Reformation).
- "The Plague of 1625-26, Apocalyptic Anticipation, and Milton's Elegy III." Studies in Philology 108.3 (2011): 403-38 (winner of the 2011 Albert C. Labriola Award from the Milton Society of America).
Book in Progress
- National Reckonings: The Last Judgment and Literature in Milton's England.