Frederick Blumberg's research and teaching interests include the literary genres and institutional discourses of early modern Europe. His scholarship focuses on concepts of transgression (in particular, heresy and obscenity) and theories of persuasion. He is currently working on a book about the ecclesiastical censorship of speech during the Renaissance.

Courses taught in 2017-18:

ENGL1030       Dramatic changes: Versions of Renaissance literature
ENGL2079       Shakespeare
ENGL2140       Ideologies of language in early modernity




“Poétique de la censure dans le premier Index moderne,” translated by Laure Klein and Mireille Le Breton, Réforme Humanisme Renaissance, No. 68 (June 2009): 75-85.

Encyclopedia Entries:
“Kind” and “Decorum.” The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, ed. Roland Greene, Fourth Edition, Princeton University Press (forthcoming 2012).

Recent Conference Presentations
“Institutions of Poetry from Petrarch to Milton.” Renaissance Society of America, March 2014. New York City, New York.

“Renaissance Authors Addressing Their Books.” Renaissance Society of America, March 2012. Washington, D.C.

“Erotic Disposition: Episode and Permutation.” Modern Language Association of America, January 2012. Seattle, Washington.

“You Are What You Read: A Renaissance Model of Persuasion.” Modern Language Association of America, January 2011. Los Angeles, California.



Last updated: 21 July 2017