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Andrea Walkden

Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Klapper Hall, Room 643 and 604
Phone: 718-997-4663

Research Interests

I teach and write about sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature, including the poetry and prose of John Milton. My current book project, Biography and Public Life, 1649-1720, explores the unprecedented boom in biographical writing during the years following the trial and execution of Charles I. Part of the seventeenth century explosion of print culture more generally, the vogue for biography encompassed an unruly social cast and generated new, visible, and affectively powerful forms of public expression. I trace its volatile influence on an emergent party politics, on the history of historiography and languages of common memory, and on the imaginative development of the early English novel.


Undergraduate Courses: Introduction to Lyric Poetry (165W); British Literature I (251); Shakespeare I & II; Early Modern World-Making; Gossip, Secrecy and the Circulation of Social Knowledge (Honors Seminar)

Graduate (M.A.) Courses
: Revenge Tragedy Before and After Hamlet; Writing Revolutions, British Literature, 1603-1689


“Parallel Lives and Literary Legacies: Crusoe’s Elder Brother and Defoe’s Cavalier,” English Literary History 73.4 (Winter 2010): 1061-1086

“The Servant and the Grave Robber: Walton’s Lives in Restoration England,” Chapter 15 in Writing Lives: Biography and Textuality, Identity and Representation in Early Modern England, ed. Kevin Sharpe and Steven Zwicker, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008

“Allegorical Insubordination and the 1596 Faerie Queene,” Studies in English Literature 48 (Winter 2008): 93-109


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