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Mark Rankin  

Associate Professor of English
Editor, Reformation

Office: Keezell 218
Phone: 540-568-6560
Email: rankinmc@jmu.edu
Office Hours:

Courses:

Specialization:
English literature, 1475-1660, with emphasis on the English Renaissance and
          Reformation, Shakespeare, Tudor non-dramatic literature, and the History of the Book

Secondary Fields: late-Medieval literature, manuscript studies, and iconography

Education:
Ph.D., English, The Ohio State University, with Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance
          Studies, 2007
M.A., English, Ohio University, 2001
B.S.Ed., summa cum laude, English Education, Ohio University, 1999

Publications:
Books
Editor, Marian sermons section, Sermons at Paul's Cross, 1521-1642, ed. Torrance Kirby
          (under contract and forthcoming Oxford University Press).

Guest editor, special John Bale forum, Reformation: The Journal of the Tyndale Society 18.1 &           19.1 (2013-14).

Henry VIII and His Afterlives: Literature, Politics, and Art. Edited with Christopher Highley
          and John N. King. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Religious Orthodoxy and Dissent in Early Modern England. Columbus, OH: The Ohio
          State University Libraries, 2005.

Books-in-progress
Tudor Literature and Polemic: The Memory of Henry VIII and the English Protestant Nation,
          under review at Cambridge University Press.

Edition of William Tyndale, The Practice of Prelates (1530), commissioned for The Independent
          Works of William Tyndale, Catholic University of America Press

Co-editor and translator, with Richard Rex, of John Leland, Antiphilarchia (c. 1541) [Cambridge           University Library MS Ee.5.14]

Selected Articles and Chapters
“John Leland, Henry VIII, and Albert Pighius’s Hierarchiae Ecclesiasticae Assertio," co-authored           with James Carley (article in progress)

"The Royal Auspices and Tudor Courtly Reading of a Wycliffite Bible," forthcoming Journal of
          Medieval and Early Modern Studies
.

“Prints Made from the Wood Blocks of John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments, ” forthcoming The                     Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society.

“John Foxe and the Earliest Readers of William Tyndale’s The Practice of Prelates (1530),”
          forthcoming English Literary Renaissance 46.2 (Spring 2016).

“The Paul’s Cross Pulpit in Mary’s Reign,” in Sermons at Paul's Cross, 1521-1642, ed. Torrance           Kirby (under contract and forthcoming from Oxford University Press).

“Reading the Wycliffite Bible in Reformation England,” in Elizabeth Solopova (ed.), The Wycliffite
          Bible: Origin, History and Interpretation (Leiden: Brill, 2016). 424-47.

“The Materiality and Iconography of the Coverdale Bible (1535) Title-Page In Context,” with
          Guido Latré,” in Stephen Prickett (ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the
          Arts
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014). 272-91.

"The Style and Logic of James Brooks’s 1553 ‘Reconciliation Sermon,'" in Torrance Kirby and           P.G. Stanwood (eds.), Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion in England, 1520-1640           (Leiden: Brill, 2013). 187-200.

“Narrative and the Nature of Reading in John Bale’s Response to a Sixteenth-Century Reader of           The Vocacyon of Johan Bale (1553).” Reformation: The Journal of the Tyndale Society
          18.1 (2013): 21-35.

“Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Manuscript and Print Culture in Theory and Practice,”
          with Dabney Bankert, in “Teaching Book History,” special issue of Studies in Medieval
          and Renaissance Teaching
19.1 (Spring 2012): 75-91.

“Henry VIII, Shakespeare, and the Jacobean Royal Court.” Studies in English Literature
          50.2 (2011): 67-84.   

“The Pattern of Illustration in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs: Problems and Opportunities,” in Thomas
          P. Anderson and Ryan Netzley (eds.), Acts of Reading: Interpretation, Reading Practices,
          and the Idea of the Book in John Foxe’s Actes and Monuments (Newark: University
          of Delaware Press, 2010). 87-115.

 “The Literary Afterlife of Henry VIII, 1558-1625,” in Mark Rankin, John N. King, and
          Christopher Highley (eds.), Henry VIII and His Afterlives: Literature, Politics, and Art,
          ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). 94-114.

 “Biblical Allusion and Argument in Luke Shepherd’s Verse Satires,” in Mike Pincombe and
          Cathy Shrank (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603 (Oxford:
          Oxford University Press, 2009). 254-72. Paperback issue, Oxford University Press,
          2011. This volume is the recipient of the 2010 Sixteenth Century Society &
          Conference's Roland H. Bainton Prize.

“Print Culture and Tudor Literature.” The Sixteenth Century Journal 40 (2009): 271-74.

 “Print, Patronage, and the Reception of Continental Reform: 1521-1603,” with John N. King,
          in The Yearbook of English Studies 38.1-2 (2008): 49-67.

“Rereading Henry VIII in Foxe’s Acts and Monuments,” Reformation: The Journal of the
          Tyndale Society 12 (2007): 69-102.

Selected Awards:
Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Scholarly Editions and           Translations Grant, 2016-19: “The Independent Works of William Tyndale”
Co-director and Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
          Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, 2017: “The Formation and
          Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650,” convening at the Huntington Library, San Marino,
          CA.
Co-director and Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer           Seminar for College and University Teachers, 2014: “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485
          -1603,” convening in Antwerp, Belgium; and London and Oxford, England.
Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award, College of Arts and Letters, James Madison University, 2014.
Faculty Educational Leave, College of Arts and Letters, James Madison University, spring 2014.
Lester J. Cappon Fellowship in Documentary Editing, The Newberry Library (Chicago, IL)
          (2013-14).
Mayers short-term Research Fellowship, Huntington Library (San Marino, CA) (2013-14).
Renaissance Society of America-Folger Grant, Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC)
          (2013-14).
Faculty Member in Residence, JMU Semester in London Program, fall 2013.
Co-director and Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer           Seminar for College and University Teachers, 2012: “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485
          -1603,” convening in Antwerp, Belgium; and London and Oxford, England.
Folger Shakespeare Library Short-term Research Fellowship, 2010-11.
Muste Award for Best Dissertation of the Year, Department of English, The Ohio State
          University, 2008
.

Invited Lectures:
"Illustrated Woodcut Prints made from Wood Blocks from Foxe's Acts and Monuments,”
          workshop on “Memory & the Library: Remembering the Reformation,” Cathedral Libraries
          and Archives Network in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council,
          Old Palace, York Minster, York, UK, 10 June 2016. 

Invited keynote speaker, Lambeth Palace Library annual Friends Lecture: “The Illustrations of           Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and their Publishing History,” London, Lambeth Palace Library, 6
          June 2016.

“The Iconography and Influence of Tyndale's Practyse of Prelates,” invited address, Ninth                    International William Tyndale Conference, Hertford College, University of Oxford, UK, 3                 October 2015. Sponsored by the Tyndale Society.

“The Style and Logic of James Brooks’ 1553 Paul’s Cross Reconciliation Sermon,” symposium           on “Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion in England: 1520-1640,” McGill Centre for           Research on Religion, McGill University, Montreal, CA, 17 August 2012.

“The Writings of William Allen and the Leadership of the Elizabethan Catholic Diaspora,”
          workshop on “Religious Identity in Exile During the Early Modern Period,” The Ohio State
          University, Columbus, OH, 17 May 2008.

“Henry VIII and Protestant History Writing in Early Modern England,” workshop on “Making
          History from the Recent Past: Some Tudor Experiences,” British Academy John Foxe                     Project, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, 10 April
          2008.

 “John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments (1684): The Pattern of Illustration,” conference on “The
          British Printed Image to 1700,” Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK, 14 July 2007.

Selected Conference Presentations:
“‘I wished that I had . . . the author of this book in St. John’s Wood with my two-handed sword’: 
          Richard Topcliffe, Torturer, Annotates Books Owned by William Carter and Others,”
          Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Bruges, Belgium, 18-20 August 2016 (forthcoming)

“Competing Simultaneous English Translations of Sebastian Brant’s Narrenschiff (The Shyp
          of Folys
) at the Accession of Henry VIII,” The Printing Press in the Tudor Era, 1485-1603:
          Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy, and Satire, a “History of the Book, Paleography, and Manuscript
          Tradition” RSA Discipline Group sponsored session,  Renaissance Society of America,
          Boston, MA, 31 March 2016.

“John Leland, Henry VIII, and Albert Pighius’s Hierarchiae Ecclesiasticae Assertio (1538),”
          Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 23 October 2015.

“The Early Reception of John Foxe’s Edition of the Whole Workes of W. Tyndall, Iohn Frith, and              Doct. Barnes (1573).” “Religions of the Book,” Society for the History of Authorship,
          Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) annual meeting, Antwerp, Belgium, September 2014.

“William Tyndale’s The Practyce of Prelates (1530) and the Reading of Medieval Chronicles.”
          Renaissance Society of America, New York, NY (2014).

“The Royal Supremacy and the Early Readers of Edward Fox's De vera differentia (1534),”
          “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603,” History of the Book, Paleography, and
          Manuscript Tradition,” RSA Discipline Group sponsored session, Renaissance Society
          of America, San Diego, CA, 5 April 2013.

“Reading William Tyndale's Practyse of Prelates (1530) in Tudor England,” Sixteenth Century           Studies Conference, Cincinnati, OH, 27 October 2012.            

“The Book that Almost Was: John Bale’s A retourne of James Cancellers raylinge boke (1561).”           Renaissance Society of America, Washington, DC, 24 March 2012.

“The Polemical and Literary Afterlife of Henry VIII,” roundtable discussion on “Representing
          Henry VIII in Early Modern England,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Forth Worth,
          TX, 29 October 2011.

“Writing the Magnificence of Henry VIII, Protestant and Catholic, 1558-1625,” Sixteenth Century
          Studies Conference, Forth Worth, TX, 28 October 2011.

“Genre, Nostalgia, and Polemic: Henry VIII in Early Modern Prose Fiction,” Renaissance Society           of America, Montreal, Canada, 24 March 2011.

“Representations of the Tudor Monarchy in Elizabethan Prose Controversy,” Sixteenth Century
          Studies Conference, Montreal, Canada, 17 October 2010.

“Catholicity and Controversy: The Conservative Literary Response to Henry VIII during the
          1540s,” quincentenary conference on “Henry VIII and the Tudor Court: 1509-2009,”
          Hampton Court Palace, London, UK, 15 July 2009.

“Defining the Reformation: Nicholas Sanders’s Schismatis Anglicani and its Editors,” Sixteenth           Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, MO, 24 October 2008.

“Reading Polemical Books in Thomas More’s Dialogue Concerning Heresies,” conference on
          "Early Modern Reading: Books, Communities, Conversations,” University of Newcastle
          upon Tyne, Newcastle, UK, 11 April 2008.

Selected Professional Activities:
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies acceptance of co-written proposal (with
          Andrew Fleck, UT El Paso) on “The Language of Reform” to control all five of its
          sponsored sessions for the 2017 RSA meeting in Chicago.

Organizer, session on “William Carter, Elizabethan Catholicism, and the History of the Book,
          Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Bruges, Belgium, 18-20 August 2016
          (forthcoming).

Organizer, session on "The Printing Press in the Tudor Era, 1485-1603: Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy,           and Satire,” History of the Book, Paleography, and Manuscript Tradition RSA Discipline           Group sponsored session, Renaissance Society of  America, Boston, MA, 31 March 2016.

Organizer, session on “William Tyndale, Allegory, and the History of Reading in Early Modern           England,” Renaissance Society of America, New York, NY, 27 March 2014.

Organizer, session on “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603,” History of the Book,
          Paleography, and Manuscript Tradition RSA Discipline Group sponsored session,
          Renaissance Society of America, San Diego, CA, 5 April 2013.

Organizer, session on “Polemic, Scholarship, and the Book Trade: Revisiting the Literary
          Career of John Bale (1495–1563),” Renaissance Society of America, Washington, DC,
          22-24 March 2012.

Co-Organizer and co-chair, with Erin E. Kelly, seminar on “Rethinking Religion and
          Shakespeare,” Shakespeare Association of America, Washington, D.C., 9-11 April 2009.



           
   
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