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Mark Rankin  

Associate Professor of English

Office: Keezell 407
Phone: 540-568-3754
Email: rankinmc@jmu.edu

Courses: On sabbatical Spring 2014

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
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
Henry VIII and the Language of Polemic in Early Modern England

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

Editor, Marian sermons section, Sermons at Paul's Cross, 1521-1642, ed. Torrance Kirby
          proposal under review at Oxford University Press)

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

Selected Articles and Chapters
“A John Day William Tyndale Presentation Copy in Queen’s College Library?,” The Queen’s
          College Library Insight
, Queen's College, Oxford (in press).

“The Style and Logic of James Brooks’ 1553 ‘Reconciliation Sermon,’ in Torrance Kirby (ed.),
          Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion in England, 1520-1640 (Leiden: Brill, 2014)           (in press).

“The Materiality and Iconography of the Coverdale Bible (1535) Title-Page Border,” with Guido
          Latré,” in Stephen Prickett (ed.), The Bible and the Arts (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University
          Press, 2013) (in press)

“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.

“John Foxe,” “John Northbrooke,” “John Ponet,” “Nicholas Sanders,” and “Luke Shepherd,” in
          Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr., and Alan Stewart (eds.), The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance
          Literature
, 3 vols. (Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). 1.364-69; 2.743-45;           3.790-91, 3.851-52, and 3.876-78.

“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:
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.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Finalist, James Madison University,           2010-11.
Folger Institute participant, 2010 Fall weekend workshop, “Reassessing Henry VIII,” 5-6
          November 2010, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
Faculty International Development Grant, Office of International Programs, James Madison
          University, 2010 & 2007.
Project Assistantship, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for
          College and University Teachers, “The Reformation of the Book: 1450-1650,” convening in           Antwerp, Belgium; and London and Oxford, England, 2009 & 2007.
Muste Award for Best Dissertation of the Year, Department of English, The Ohio State
          University, 2008
.
Special Funding Proposal Grant for Special Collections Development, James Madison
          University Libraries, 2008.
Faculty Enhancement Grant, College of Arts and Letters, James Madison University, 2007.           

Invited Lectures:
“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:
“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.

“‘Not only Bigamus, and Trigamus, but twice also Trigamus’: Debating the Henrician Royal
          Supremacy in Early Modern England." Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship
          presentation, Washington, DC, 22 February 2011.

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

““Traduced by odious ballads”: Shakespeare, Cheap Print, and the Conveyance of Meaning,”               Shakespeare Association of America, Chicago, IL, 2 April 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.

“Conscience and Providential History in Richard III,” Shakespeare Association of America.
          Dallas, TX, 14 March 2008.

Selected Professional Activities:
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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