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Philip Mirabelli

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Philip Mirabelli


Carman Hall 397
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B.A., SUNY-Binghamton
M.A., Hunter College
Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center


Philip Mirabelli is a Renaissance specialist who also has expertise in medieval and nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture. His interests include historicism (synchronic and longue-durée), theory, feminism, and queer theory. He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses.

In 2015, he published “Shakespeare and Sexual Re-formation,” which argues that Shakespeare's mid-career shift constitutes a negative reaction to a watershed in a disciplinary revolution: Cultural momentum turned from an imprecise relationship system toward monolithic marriage and strict distinctions, which helped to construct modern sexualities. He is writing a book-length work on this topic. He has also published an article on Ben Jonson’s Epicoene or the Silent Woman, which maintains that the play has a silent level of meaning. His dissertation is on Hamlet and Jonson’s True-Wit in relation to an interdisciplinary history of subjective depth. At various conferences, including annual ones for the MLA, NeMLA, and the Sixteenth-Century Society, he has given papers on Shakespeare (in 2016 on The Sonnets), Marlowe, Marvell, Joyce, print culture, aesthetics after theory, subjectivity, and queer theory.

Selected Publications

  • “Shakespeare and Sexual Re-formation,” Modern Language Quarterly
  • “Silence, Wit, and Wisdom in The Silent Woman,” Studies in English Literature