Mark Dahlquist

Assistant Professor

Mark Dahlquist specializes in sixteenth and seventeenth century English literature. His book, Scandalous Things: Iconophobia from the English Renaissance to the British Civil Wars is under contract with Northwestern University Press. It considers the relationship of the literature of the English Renaissance to Reformation-era iconoclastic controversy, and explores the ways that sixteenth century secular and religious attitudes towards visual images helped give rise to the explosive power that iconoclastic political rhetoric acquired in the years preceding the British Civil Wars. His article, “Technological Iconoclasm in Robert Greene’s Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay” appeared in ELH; another, “Strange Love: Funeral Erotics in Romeo and Juliet” was published in Sexuality and Memory in Early Modern England: Literature and the Erotics of Recollection, edited by John Garrison and Kyle Pivetti (Routledge, 2015). Other research interests include early modern poetics and political theory, and the drama of the English Renaissance including Shakespeare.