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Ryan Hackenbracht


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

The Pennsylvania State UniversityHackenbracht 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 Chapters
Book in Progress

Book Chapters

  • "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, 2015. Forthcoming.
  • "Hobbes' Hebraism and the Last Judgment in Leviathan." In Identities in Early Modern English Writing: Religion, Gender, Nation, ed. by Lorna Fitzsimmons. Brepols, 2014.



  • "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 2012 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.