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Jameela Lares

Professor Jameela Lares



Jameela Lares is Professor of English and was Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Professor of the Humanities for 2017-19 at The University of Southern Mississippi, where her main academic specialties are Milton, English Renaissance and seventeenth-century literature, Bible and biblical style, and history of rhetoric. Her publications include Paradise Lost, Books 11-12 in the series A Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton, ed. Paul J. Klemp (Pittsburgh: Duquesne UP, 2012); Milton and the Preaching Arts (Duquesne UP and James Clarke, 2001), articles in Milton Studies, Ben Jonson Journal, Cithara, Notes & Queries, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Dictionary of Literary Biography, MLA Approaches, The Milton Encyclopedia, and numerous reviews. She has also taught children's and young adult literature for many years in both the US and UK, and has been a member of the International Committee and the Book Award Committee of the Children's Literature Association.

  • English with a concentration in Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature. (PHD) - University of Southern California (1994)
  • MA - University of California-Los Angeles (1987)
  • BA - California State University-Fullerton (1980)

Seventeenth Century Prose and Poetry
Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama
Renaissance Literature
Survey of British Literature I (Beowulf to Samuel Johnson)
History of Rhetoric
Rhetorical Criticism of Literature
Literary Study of the Bible
C. S. Lewis
Anglo-American Fantasy
Children’s Literature
Adolescent Literature
History of the English Language
English Grammar
World Literature
Honors World Literature
Western Classics
Introduction to Literature
Bibliography and Methods
Freshman Honors Composition 1 and 2
Freshman Composition 2

  • The Ghost of Rhetoric: Milton’s Logic and the Renaissance Trivium, A Concise Companion to the Study of Manuscripts, Printed Books, and the Production of Early Modern Texts: A Festschrift for Gordon Campbell, 2015
  • A Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton: Volume 5, Part 8 [Paradise Lost, Books 11-12],
  • Bunyan's Progress and Glanvill's Stand: Narration and Stasis in Later Seventeenth-Century English Religious Discourse, New Chapters in the History of Rhetoric, 2009
  • Milton and the Bible, Approaches to Teaching Milton’s Shorter Poetry and Prose, 2007
  • William Ames, British Rhetoricians and Logicians, 1500-1660: Second series, 2003
  • Matthew Sutcliffe, British Rhetoricians and Logicians, 1500-1660: Second series, 2003
  • Officium Concionatoris'(1676) and the Survival of" Doctrines-and-Uses" Preaching (Regarding the Ascendant Model of Seventeenth-Century Restoration Pulpit Oratory), Cithara, 2001
  • Milton and the Preaching Arts, 2001
  • Classical and Christian Conflicts in Keckermann's De rhetoricae ecclesiasticae utilitate, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, 2000
  • Milton and the “Office of a Pulpit”, Ben Jonson Journal, 1996
  • Modern Language Association
  • Milton Society of America
  • International Society for the History of Rhetoric
  • International John Bunyan Society
  • Children’s Literature Association
  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • French (Full Professional)
  • Latin (Professional Working)
  • German (Professional Working)
  • Italian (Professional Working)

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Areas of Expertise

Milton, Renaissance literature, the history of rhetoric, children's and young adult literature..