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.
Books and Editions:
- Reading and the History of Race in the Renaissance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Reviews of Reading and the History of Race: Choice 49.6 (Feb. 2012):1048; Renaissance Studies 26.3 (2012): 467-70; Renaissance Quarterly 65.4 (2012): 1286-88; Studies in English Literature 52.1 (2012), 212.
- Science, Reading, and Renaissance Literature: The Art of Making Knowledge, 1580-1670 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Reviews of Science, Reading, and Renaissance Literature: Times Literary Supplement 5292 (Sept. 3, 2004): 30; SEL 45.1 (2005): 238-39; Renaissance Studies 19.4 (2005): 566-68; Sixteenth Century Journal 36.4 (2005): 1138-39; Renaissance Quarterly 58.3 (2005): 1004-6; Isis 96.2 (2005): 273-75; Minerva 44.1 (2006); Notes and Queries 52.3 (2005): 412-14; Annals of Science 63.1 (2006): 129-32; Anglia 123.4 (2005): 732-5; Literature Compass 3 (2006): 1-25 (review essay); Cahiers Elisabethains 66 (2004): 93; Early Science and Medicine 11.2 (2006): 242-44; Modern Language Review 101.3 (2006): 819-20; Journal of British Studies 45.1 (2006): 632-34; Renaissance and Reformation 28.1 (2004): 113-15; Clio 36.2 (2007): 264-69; British Society for Literature and Science 2009.
- Seventeenth-Century English Recipe Books: Cooking, Physic and Chirurgery in the Works of Elizabeth Grey and Aletheia Talbot (Ashgate Publishing, 2008).
- Seventeenth-Century English Recipe Books: Cooking, Physic and Chirurgery in the Works of W. M. and Queen Henrietta Maria and Mary Tillinghast (Ashgate Publishing, 2008).
Articles and Essays:
- "The Passion of Readers, the Imitation of Texts: The History of Reading in the Quest for Cardenio." In Gary Taylor and Terri Boursas, eds., Shakespeare + Cervantes + Fletcher: Cardenio, Collaboration, and Performance. New York: Palgrave, 2013, pp. 3-14.
- "Marlowe's Libraries: A History of Reading." In Emily Bartels and Emma Smith, eds., Marlowe in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 101-09.
- Marlowe's Books, Marlowe in Context, ed. Emily Bartels and Emma Smith (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, under contract)
- Printed Recipe Books in their Medical, Scientific and Philosophical Contexts, The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution, ed. Laura Knoppers (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2012, pp. 516-33).
- Situating Prospero's Art: Shakespeare and the Making of Early Modern Knowledge. South Central Review, special issue on Shakespeare & Science, ed. Carla Mazzio, vol. 26.1 (2009): 24-41. Winner Kirby Prize, Best Scholarly Article, South Central MLA, 2009
- Recipes for Knowledge: Maker's Knowledge Traditions, Paracelsian Recipes and the Invention of the Cookbook, 1600-1660. In Joan Fitzpatrick, ed., Renaissance Food: Cultural Readings and Cultural Histories (Ashgate Publishing, 2010), pp. 55-72.
- "Searching for the route of inventions": Retracing the Renaissance Discovery Narrative in Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In Harold Bloom, ed., Modern Critical Interpretations: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude (Chelsea House, 2003), pp. 49-70.
- "Departing from the Earth with Such Writing": Johannes Kepler's Dream for Reading Science. Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Reformé 23.2 (2001): 5-28.
- Speaking for the Dead: King Charles, Anna Weamys, and the Commemorations of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia. Criticism 42.2 (2000): 229-51.
- Fulke Greville's Counsel: Transforming the Jacobean "Nourish Father" through Sidney's "Nursing Father." Studies in Philology 97.4 (2000): 432-52.
- Reading Through Galileo's Telescope: Margaret Cavendish and the Experience of Reading. Renaissance Quarterly 53.1 (2000): 192-221.
- Poetic Parthenogenesis and Spenser's Idea of Creation in The Faerie Queene. SEL: Studies in English Literature 40.1 (2000): 63-79.
- Cervantes avant la Lettre: The Material Transformation of Romance Reading Culture in Don Quixote. MLQ 60.3 (1999): 295-319.
- "Searching for the route of inventions": Retracing the Renaissance Discovery Narrative in Gabriel García Márquez. Clio 28.4 (1999): 375-98.
- Sighting Utopia in the Lens: Reading Praxis in Johannes Kepler and Margaret Cavendish. Jx: A Journal of Criticism and Culture 4.2 (1999): 179-201.
- From Imagination to Miscegenation: Race and Romance in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Renaissance Drama 29 (1998): 137-64.
- (Co-Author, Timothy L. Parrish). A Flute Made of Human Bone: Blood Meridian, Unhorsed Saxons, and the Survivors of American History. Prospects 23 (1998): 255-75.
Year-Long National Fellowships
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2011-2012
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2006-2007
- Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, 1993-1994
- Fulbright Fellowship, United States Fulbright Foundation, 1991-1992
- Mellon Fellowship, The Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1988-1989, 1989-1990
Other Awards, Prizes, and Honors
- Kirby Prize, Best Scholarly Article, South Central MLA, 2009
- Newberry Library Fellowship, Newberry Library, 2000
- English Prize Scholar, Harvard University, 1987
- Plimpton Fellowship, Trustees of Amherst College, 1987
- Phi Beta Kappa Society, Amherst College, 1987