Ryan Hackenbracht, PhD
Office: 428 English Building
Areas of Specialization and Interest
Renaissance, Book History, Religion and Literature
Hackenbracht specializes in English poetry, prose, and politics of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His current book project, National Reckonings: The Last Judgment and Literature in Milton's England, examines the relationship between counter-nationalism, eschatology, and literary form during the English Revolution and Restoration. His research interests include Milton and pop culture, Thomas Hobbes and political philosophy, apocalypticism and radical religion, book history and print culture, and religion and literature.
Hackenbracht is the 2013 recipient of the Natalie Zemon Davis Award from Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme and the 2011 recipient of the Albert C. Labriola Award from the Milton Society of America. During summer 2014, he was the William A. Ringler Fellow at the Huntington Library for book project research. His work has recently appeared in Studies in Philology and Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme.
- "Milton on the Move: Walking and Self-Knowledge in Paradise Lost." In One First Matter All: New Essays on Milton, Materialism, and Embodiment, ed. by Kevin Donovan and Thomas Festa. Duquesne UP, forthcoming.
- "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.