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Richard Z Lee

Free Speech Movement Café
T/R 10:00-11:00

Professional Statement

I received my B.A. in 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania, before completing an M. St. in 2009 at Oxford in Early Modern English literature. 

My focus is on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a particular emphasis on Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton.  My dissertation project investigates the political implications of literary experience in early modern England, reading a number of concepts associated with post-Enlightenment philosophical aesthetics back into some of the major works of the earlier period.

I have been a contributing member of the Townsend Center's Early Modern Working Group for several years, and I was the co-coordinator of the English Department's Renaissance Colloquium from 2010-14.  From 2009-14, I was an inaugural recipient of the Berkeley-Mellon Fellowship for Graduate Study.  I have also earned a summer Block Grant and a Dissertation Research Grant, and was a winner of the 2014-15 Distinguished Graduate Student Instructor Award. 


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

"A little well is lent, that gaineth more withal": Politicizing Pity in Books 5 and 6 of "The Faerie Queene" - 2012 MLA Convention, Seattle, WA 

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