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The Collins Lecture

The English Department's annual Dan S. Collins Lecture is held at the Center each year and is delivered by a leading scholar in the field of early modern literature. The lecture is named for Dan S. Collins, a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1957 until his retirement in 1987. Collins co-founded English Literary Renaissance in 1971, a journal devoted to current criticism and scholarship of Tudor and early Stuart English literature, 1485-1665. 

This year's lecture will be delivered in the spring by Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies at McGill University; Director, Early Modern Conversions Project; Director, TRaCE Project.


2018 - Katherine Eggert, Professor of English, University of Colorado Boulder 

2017 - Steven W. May, Professor Emeritus, Georgetown College

2016 - William WestProfessor of English, Northwestern University 

2015 - Laura L. Knoppers, Professor of English, the University of Notre Dame

2014 - Margaret EzellDistinguished Professor of English, Texas A&M University

2013 - Linda Gregerson, Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English, The University of Michigan

2012 - Achsah GuibboryAnn Whitney Olin Professor of English, Barnard College 

2011 - Richard DuttonAcademy Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University

2010 - Emily BartelsProfessor of English, Rutgers

2009 - Heather DubrowProfessor of Literature, Fordham University

2008 - Lena Cowen OrlinProfessor of English, Georgetown University

2007 - Anne Lake Prescott, Senior Scholar & Emerita Helen Goodhart Altschul Professor of English, Barnard College 

2006 - Alan DessenPeter G. Phialas Distinguished Professor Emeritus, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

2005 - Linda Woodbridge, Distinguished Professor of English and Women's Studies, Penn State University

2004 - Naomi LieblerProfessor of English, Montclair State University

2003 - Reid Barbour, Professor of English, the University of North Carolina at Chaple Hill 

2002 - Mark Rose, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in English, The University of California, Santa Barbara

2001 - Mary Beth Rose, Professor of English, The University of Illinois at Chicago

2000 - Anthony Low, Professor Emeritus of English, New York University

1999 - Anne Lake Prescott, Senior Scholar & Emerita Helen Goodhart Altschul Professor of English, Barnard College 

1998 - Margaret Hannay, Professor Emeritus of English, Siena College

1997 - Louis Montrose, Rebeca Hickel Emeritus Professor of Elizabethan Studie, UC San Diego

1996 - Jonas Barish, Professor Emeritus of English, The University of California, Berkeley 

1995 - Peter StallybrassAnnenberg Professor of Humanities & Professor of English & Comp. Lit., University of Pennsylvania

1994 - Lawrence DansonProfessor Emeritus of English, Princeton University

1993 - Louis MartzSterling Professor Emeritus of English, Yale University

1992 - Ronald MacDonaldProfessor Emeritus of English, Oral Roberts University

1991 - Martin Butler, Professor of English Renaissance Drama, University of Leeds

1990 - Leah MarcusEdwin Mims Professor Emerita of English, Vanderbilt University 

1989 - Harry Berger, Professor Emeritus of English, University of California, Santa Cruz

1988 - Stanley Fish, Floersheimer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law in New York City

1987 - Philip FinkelpearlAnne Pierce Rogers Professor Emeritus of English, Wellesley College

1986 - Marjorie Garber, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University

1985 - Katherine Eisaman Maus, James Branch Cabell Professor of English, University of Virginia

1983 - George K. HunterG.K. Hunter, the Emily Sanford Professor Emeritus of English, Yale University