Texas Tech University

Ryan Hackenbracht

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Associate Director of Graduate Studies

Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Office: 428 English Building

Email: ryan.hackenbracht@ttu.edu



Areas of Specialization and Interest
Renaissance, Book History, Religion and Literature

Hackenbracht specializes in English poetry, prose, and drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His book project, National Reckonings: The Last Judgment and Literature in Milton's England, shows how Milton and other authors endeavored to bring divine judgment into the present, thereby invoking reckoning upon England and disrupting existing ideas of the nation. His interests include Milton and pop culture, Thomas Hobbes and political philosophy, book history and print culture, and religion and literature.

Hackenbracht is the 2013 recipient of the Natalie Zemon Davis Award from the journal Renaissance and Reformation and the 2011 recipient of the Albert C. Labriola Award from the Milton Society of America. In the summer of 2014, he was William A. Ringler Fellow at the Huntington Library. His work has appeared in Milton StudiesPhilological QuarterlyStudies in Philology, Renaissance and Reformation, and several edited collections.



  • "The Angling English: Nationalism, Political Propaganda, and Commercial Fishing during the Anglo-Dutch Wars." Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900. Forthcoming. 
  • "Galactic Milton: Angelic Robots and the Fall into Barbarism in Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series." Milton Studies 57 (2016): 293-321.
  • "Milton and the Parable of the Talents: Nationalism and the Prelacy Controversy in Revolutionary England." Philological Quarterly  94.1-2 (2015): 71-93.
  • "Mourning the Living: Surrey's 'Wyatt Resteth Here,' Henrician Funerary Debates, and the Passing of National Virtue." Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme 35.2 (2012): 61-82.
  • "The Plague of 1625-26, Apocalyptic Anticipation, and Milton's Elegy III." Studies in Philology 108.3 (2011): 403-38.

Book Chapters

  • "Milton on the Move: Walking and Self-Knowledge in Paradise Lost." In Milton, Materialism, and Embodiment: "One First Matter All." Ed. by Kevin J. Donovan and Thomas Festa. Duquesne UP, 2017. 59-80.
  • "Hobbes's Hebraism and the Last Judgment in Leviathan." In Identities in Early Modern English Writing: Religion, Gender, Nation. Ed. by Lorna Fitzsimmons. Brepols, 2014. 85-115.

Book in Progress

  • National Reckonings: The Last Judgment and Literature in Milton's England.