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Jenny C. Mann

Associate Professor

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 286


Jenny C. Mann works on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature and culture, with special interests in the history of rhetoric and the history of science.  Her first book, Outlaw Rhetoric: Figuring Vernacular Eloquence in Shakespeare’s England (Cornell University Press 2012), argues that the translation of classical rhetoric into the everyday vernacular becomes a means of literary invention in the sixteenth century, turning classical figures of transport and exchange into native stories of fairies and Robin Hood.  Her current book project, Orpheus on Trial: Renaissance Poetics and the History of Knowledge, investigates how early modern writers think about the power of fiction and its relationship to other knowledge practices.


    • English

    Graduate Fields

    • English Language and Literature


    • 16th and 17th-Century English Literature and Culture
    • Classical and Early Modern Rhetoric
    • Literature and the Scientific Revolution
    • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama
    • Utopian Fiction