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Paul Voss

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of California at Riverside, 1995


Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, the Archive


Dr. Voss primarily teaches courses on poetry and prose of the English Renaissance, Shakespeare, and Bibliography. He encourages his students to appreciate the power and beauty of language while investigating the workings of the fictive imagination. In the classroom, Dr. Voss believes that academic pursuits need not preclude literary pleasure; he asks his students to participate actively in the exploration of aesthetic, philosophical, and epistemological questions.

Dr. Voss’s many research interests revolve around primary material published in Elizabethan England. He spends considerable time thinking in and about archives. His work on the history of the book and sixteenth-century woodcut illustrations studies the tension between iconography and iconoclasm. He is also interested in recusant literature and how the Catholic imagination operated in a largely inimical environment. He recently completed a book on Elizabethan news quartos–a series of pamphlets published in England between 1589-1593. The news quartos provide the earliest evidence of serial publication, colored the writings of Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Spenser, and helped define an English national identity in the final decade of Tudor England.



“Print Culture, Ephemera, and Elizabethan News Pamphlets,” Literature Compass (London: Blackwell’s) 3 (2006): 1053-64

Elizabethan News Pamphlets: Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe & the Birth of Journalism. Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies Series (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press), 2001.

“Printing Conventions and the Early Modern Play.” Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England, 15 (2003)

“To Prey or Not to Prey: Prayer and Punning in Hamlet.” Hamlet Studies 23 (2001): 59-74.

“John Fowler and Thomas More: The Making of a Saint, 1573.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 99:4 (October 2000): 492-512.

“‘Created Good and Faire’: The Fictive Imagination and Sacred Texts in Elizabethan England.”Literature and Theology 14 (June 2000): 125-44.

“The Catholic Presence in English Renaissance Literature.” Ben Jonson Journal 7 (2000): 1-26.

“The Poetics of the Archive.” Ed. with Marta Werner, Studies in the Literary Imagination 32 (Spring 1999).

“Books for Sale: Patronage and Advertising in Late Elizabethan England.” Sixteenth Century Journal 23 (October 1998): 733-56.