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About Brooke Conti

Brooke Conti teaches a wide range of courses in Renaissance and early English literature, but her primary research interests sit at the intersection of religion and literature in the seventeenth century. Her recent upper-division and M.A. offerings include courses on John Donne, John Milton, sex and gender in the Renaissance, and a senior seminar on heaven, hell, death and judgement.

Her book, Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2014; it explores the paradoxical relationship between autobiography and polemic in an age of religious conflict. Her articles on Milton, Shakespeare, Donne, and Sir Thomas Browne have been published in venues including Renaissance Quarterly, Modern Philology, and Milton Studies. Current projects include a second monograph, tentatively entitled Religious Nostalgia from Shakespeare to Milton, and a scholarly edition of Thomas Browne's Religio Medici, which she is co-editing with Reid Barbour for Oxford University Press as part of OUP’s Complete Works of Thomas Browne. Dr. Conti's research has been supported by short-term research fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Princeton University Library Rare Books Collection.

Dr. Conti received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Yale University. She joined the faculty at Cleveland State in 2015 after previous appointments at Temple University and the State University of New York, College at Brockport.


Present Associate Professor, English Department, Cleveland State University

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Office: RT 1814
Phone: 216-687-6870


Books (2)

Articles (9)

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