Dr Vanita Neelakanta

V Philly 2I am an Associate Professor at Rider University in New Jersey, USA. My principal research area is seventeenth-century British literature and culture, with a special emphasis on Milton, Renaissance and Restoration drama, early modern religious poetry, and Reformation theology. My doctoral thesis at Brandeis University, MA, was on the theatrum mundi trope and its influence on Milton’s poetry.

I am currently working on a monograph on representations of the Roman siege of Jerusalem in early modern transatlantic Protestant writing. I have published essays on Milton and seventeenth-century dramatizations of Jerusalem’s destruction in Journal for Early Modern Cultural StudiesTo Repair the Ruins: Reading Milton, ed. Mary C. Fenton and Louis Schwartz (Pittsburg, Pa.: Duquesne University Press, 2012), Philological Quarterly, and Studies in Philology (forthcoming).

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