Prof. Mark Netzloff

Mark Netzloff, Associate Professor

phone: 414-229-6992
office: Curtin Hall 484


PhD, University of Delaware, 1997

Research Areas:

Renaissance/Early Modern Studies:

state formation and theories of sovereignty
political theory and intellectual history
English colonialism (transatlantic studies, Ireland, British studies)
travel writing
national culture and transnational literary histories
Marxist theories

Teaching Areas:

Renaissance/Early Modern Literature and Culture (with courses in political theory, drama, colonialism, and popular culture)
Literary and Cultural Theory


Institute for Research in the Humanities, 2009
Center for 21st Century Studies, 2001-2002
Folger Shakespeare Library, 2001
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship, Huntington Library, 1997

Other Relevant Activities:

Member, Executive Committee, Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library

Organizer, "States of Early Modernity" symposium, Newberry Library, October 2011

Current Research:

Extraterritorial Sovereignties: English State Agents in Early Modern Europe (book monograph)

The state, one of the abiding legacies of the early modern period, assumed a very different form in this era. Political agency was not confined to sovereign state bodies, particularly in an extraterritorial setting in which "the state" was comprised of the agents representing its authority beyond the territorial boundaries of the nation. Separating the history of the state from national culture, this project emphasizes the transnational contexts of early modern statecraft. Instead of focusing solely on theoretical models of sovereignty, it examines the literary and social practices through which the early modern state was constituted, analyzing the forms of writing, modes of agency, and literary and professional lives of the state's overseas representatives.

Individual chapters discuss travel writing and intelligence gathering networks; political writings of the English Catholic diaspora; the textual production stemming from England's unacknowledged wars in the Low Countries; the domestic and affective life of the early modern embassy; and the influence of the Gunpowder Plot on models of international law and statelessness.


Books and Editions

  • Ed., John Norden's The Surveyor's Dialogue (1618): A Critical Edition. Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity. London and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010.
  • England's Internal Colonies: Class, Capital, and the Literature of Early Modern English Colonialism. Early Modern Cultural Studies series. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.


Articles and Essays