ELIZABETH SPILLER, Professor, B.A. Amherst College (1987), M.A. and Ph.D. Harvard University (1990, 1995). Professor Spiller specializes in early modern literature and culture, with special emphasis on the history of reading and on literature, science and other early modern knowledge arts.

Professor Spiller is the author of two books: Reading and the History of Race in the Renaissance (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Science, Reading, and Renaissance Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2004). She is also the editor of a two-volume collection of Seventeenth-Century English Recipe Books (Ashgate Publishing, 2008) that focuses on medical and culinary recipes in the works of Queen Henrietta Maria, Elizabeth Grey, Alethea Talbot, and Mary Tillinghast. Her current book project, The Sense of Matter, is a study of how Renaissance debates about the nature of physical matter were central to understanding everything from God's creation of the universe to what happens when we eat food, read books, or write poetry.

Professor Spiller has held major year-long fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mellon Foundation, and Fulbright Foundation. Her work has been published in such journals as Renaissance Quarterly, SEL, Criticism, Modern Language Quarterly, South Central Review, Renaissance and Reformation and Renaissance Drama. Her essay on "Shakespeare and the Making of Early Modern Science" was awarded the Kirby Prize for the best article of 2009 from the South Central MLA. She directed the interdisciplinary, interdepartmental History of Text Technologies Program at Florida State University from 2010-2012 and is currently co-editor of Palgrave Press's History of Text Technologies book series. A past editor of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, she has also held a faculty appointment at Middlebury College's acclaimed BreadLoaf School of English.

She is currently serving as Associate Dean in the FSU College of Arts and Sciences.


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