Brent Dawson

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I research and teach Renaissance literature, including Spenser, Shakespeare, Cavendish, and Milton. I'm interested in theories of nature and matter, both early modern and contemporary. My first book project, Worldly Muck, looks at the importance of Lucretian materialism to early modern notions of universality, particularly as they arise in transatlantic encounters. The second project, Drift, attends to how early modern practices of meditation, particularly in the genres of poetry and essay, give an account of a mind embedded in a material world. 


My work has been published in ELH, New Literary HistoryRenaissance Drama, and the collection This Distracted Globe: Worldmaking in Early Modern Literature.