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Beth Quitslund

Beth Quitslund, portrait
Professor of English & Chair
Ellis 230, Athens Campus

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Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1997

A.B., Harvard College, 1991

Scholarly Focus

  • English Renaissance and Reformation
  • Spenser
  • Milton
  • Metrical psalmody
  • Bibles and their interpreters
  • History of printing

Selected Publications

Books and Monographs

The Whole Book of Psalms: A Critical Edition of the Texts and Tunes. 2 vols. Ed. with Nicholas Temperley. Renaissance English Text Society 36. Tempe, AZ: ACMRS, 2018.

The Reformation in Rhyme: Sternhold, Hopkins and the English Metrical Psalter, 1547–1603. St Andrew’s Studies in Reformation History. Ashgate, 2008.

Selected Essays

“‘Without pity heare their dying grones”: Metrical Psalms and the Poetry of Sacred Violence.” Forthcoming in Religion and Literature.

“Continuous Sellers and Their Buyers: A Brief Survey of Unknowns.” New Ways of Looking at Old Texts, VI: Papers of the Renaissance Text Society, 2011–14. Ed. Arthur Marotti. Tempe, AZ: ACMRS. Forthcoming 2019.

“‘A Second Bible’: Liturgy and Interpretation in the Expositions of John Boys.” Reformation 23.1 (2018).

“Protestant Theology and Devotion.” Edmund Spenser in Context. Ed. Andrew Escobedo. Cambridge UP, 2016.

“Old Wine in New Boxes: Niche Bibles and the King James Version.” The King James Bible, Across Centuries, Across Borders. Ed. Angelica Duran. Dusquesne UP, 2014.

“The Psalm Book.” The Elizabethan Top Ten: defining print popularity in the early modern period. Andrew Kesson and Emma Smith, eds. Ashgate, 2013.

“The Singing Psalms: Fun and Prophet.” Private and Household Devotion in Early Modern Britain. Alec Ryrie and Jessica Martin, eds. Ashgate, 2012.

“Teaching Us How To Sing?: The Peculiarity of the Sidney Psalter.” The Sidney Journal 23 (2005).

“The Virginia Company, 1609–1624: Anglicanism’s Millennial Adventure.” Anglo-American Millenialism, from Milton to the Millerites. Ed. Andrew Gow and Richard Connors. Studies in the History of Christian Traditions, Brill Academic Publishers, 2004.

With Andrew Escobedo: “Introduction. Sage and Serious: Milton’s Chaste Original.” Milton Quarterly 37.4 (2003).

“Despair and the Composition of the Self.” Spenser Studies 17 (2003).

“Elizabethan Epideixis and the Spenserian Art of State Idolatry.” The European Legacy 5.1 (2000).

Selected Awards and Fellowships

Ohio University Chapman/Clapp Outstanding Advisor Award, 2015

Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship Grant, Calvin College, 2012–13

Folger Shakespeare Library Short-term Fellowship, 2010

Huntington Library Mayer Fellowship, 2009

Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, 1996–97

Courses Taught

  • CAS 2400: Knowing What We Know
  • ENG 2020: Introduction to Poetry and Drama
  • ENG 2980T: English Honors Tutorial (Early British)
  • ENG 3040: The English Bible
  • ENG 3110: English Literature to 1500
  • ENG : English Literature 1500 to 1660
  • ENG 4600: The Erotics of Devotion
  • ENG 4640: Milton
  • ENG 5130/7130: 16th-Century Poetry or 17th-Century Devotional Poetry
  • ENG 5170/7170: Milton