I am an Assistant Professor at Penn State Abington where I teach, research, and write
about early modern English literature, book history, and political theory. I have also taught at Scripps College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. I received my B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2007 and my Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. My public food history website Cooking in the Archives features over seventy updated recipes and has had more than 190,000 visitors. As you will see from my list of publications below and my linked CV, I have published my research on early modern literature, material texts studies, and food studies in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and collections of essays as well as public fora.
My current book project, Historical Futures: Imagining Time in the Early Modern Chronicle Play, examines early modern historical drama to argue that playwrights often represented the future as if it were already past to translate their political aspirations into compelling fact. By revealing the lively and varied “historical futures” forged in English history plays, this project counters narratives of the genre’s decline.
I am also editing Making Milton with Emma Depledge and John Garrison. Rather than accept the Romantic image of Milton the solitary genius, the essays in this collection instead argue that Milton’s authorial persona needs to be understood in the context of the multifarious, mutually beneficial relationships he enjoyed with contemporary writers, stationers and early readers. Making Milton is under contract with Oxford University Press.
Archival oddities, and modern responses to them, continue to fuel my investment in book history and manuscript studies. You’ll see examples on this blog. And I have also documented some of these materials in my collaborative Cooking in the Archives project, on the group blog Unique@Penn, in my tweets @Nicosia_Marissa, and at the The Appendix: a quarterly journal of experimental and narrative history, where I was a contributing editor.
Through the Andrew W. Mellon- Rare Book School Fellowship in Critical Bibliography, I organized symposia at Scripps and Penn State Abington, took three courses at The Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, and continue to explore new approaches to early modern materials with other fellows. I am a member of the Diversity and Outreach Committee for the new Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School. At Penn State Abington, I am an active member of the organizing committee for the Book, Archive & Museum (BAM) program.
My official PSU profile is located here.
A regularly updated PDF of my CV can be found here (3.13.2019 version):
PUBLICATIONS & WORK IN PROGRESS
Historical Futures: Imagining Time in the Early Modern Chronicle Play
Making Milton. Co-edited with Emma Depledge and John
Garrison. Under contract with Oxford University Press.
Renaissance Futures. Co-edited with John Garrison. A special issue of Explorations in
Renaissance Culture. Forthcoming 2019.
PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
“Wasting Time in The Committee-man Curried.” postmedieval 10, 1 (2019): 68-81. Special Issue on “Prophetic Futures” edited by Joseph Bowling and Katherine Walker. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41280-018-0115-1
“‘To plant me in mine own inheritance’: Pretenders and Prolepsis in John Ford’s Perkin
Warbeck.” Studies in Philology 115, 3 (2018): 580-597. doi.org/10.1353/sip.2018.0021
“Couplets, commonplaces and the creation of history in The Famous Tragedie of King Charles I (1649) and Cromwell’s Conspiracy (1660).” In From Republic to Restoration: Legacies and Departures, 69-84. Edited by Janet Clare. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018. http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9780719089688/
“Printing as Revival: Making Playbooks in the 1650s.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 111, 4 (2017): 469-489. doi.org/10.1086/694471
“Milton’s Banana: Paradise Lost and Colonial Botany.” Milton Studies 58 (2017): 49-66. Special Issue on “Milton in the Americas” edited by Angelica Duran and Elizabeth Sauer. doi.org/10.1353/mlt.2017.0003
“Reading Spenser in 1648: Prophecy and History in Samuel Sheppard’s Faerie Leveller.”
Modern Philology 114, 2 (2016): 286-309. doi.org/10.1086/687116
(Article awarded Honorable Mention, International Spenser Society Isabel MacCaffery Prize for the Best Essay in Spenser Studies, 2019.)
“Wasting Time in The Committee-man Curried.” postmedieval. Special Issue on “Prophetic Futures” edited by Joseph Bowling and Katherine Walker, in press.
“Cooking Hannah Woolley’s Printed Recipes from a Manuscript Recipe Book: UPenn Ms.
Codex 785.” In After Print: Manuscript Studies and Eighteenth-Century Literature, edited
by Rachael S. King. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, in press.
“Introduction: Making Milton Milton.” Co-written with Emma Depledge and John Garrison. In Making Milton, edited by Emma Depledge, John Garrison, and Marissa Nicosia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press.
“Cooking the Baumfylde Manuscript.” Early Modern Studies Journal.
“Prophet Joan: Imagining the Future in 1 Henry VI.” Histories of the Future, c. 1600: On
Shakespeare and Thinking Ahead, edited by Carla Mazzio.
“‘Returning to Bondage’: Form and History in Milton’s Paradise Lost and Dryden’s State of Innocence.”
“Reading Nature in Shakespeare’s As You Like It.” Co-written with Rachael Shulman.
“The Two Noble Kinsmen.” In The definitive Shakespeare companion: overviews, documents, and analysis, edited by Joseph Rosenblum. Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2017. 1539-73. Expanded original contribution by Yashdip S. Bains.
Review of Rachel Willie, Staging the Revolution: Drama, reinvention and history, 1647-72.
Philological Quarterly 96, 1 (2017): 134-7.
Review of Wendy Wall, Recipes for Thought: Knowledge and Taste in the Early Modern English Kitchen. Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 110, 4 (2016): 494-7.
Review of Christopher Pye, The Storm at Sea: Political Aesthetics in the Time of Shakespeare. The Shakespeare Newsletter 66:1, no. 297 (2016): 54.
Review of Ann Baynes Coiro and Thomas Fulton, Rethinking Historicism From Shakespeare to Milton. The Shakespeare Newsletter 63:3, no. 291 (2014): 99-100.