Dr. Kevin Joseph Donovan

Professor of English

Dr. Kevin Joseph Donovan
615-898-5898
Room 316, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

TR 9:30-11:00, 3:00-4:30.

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1987)
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1980)
  • A.B., Boston College (1978)
  • A.B., Boston College (1978)

Areas of Expertise

Shakespeare, Jonson, Renaissance and early modern British literature and drama, early modern Irish dramatists and dramatic texts, bibliographical and textual scholarship.

Biography

Dr. Kevin Donovan has taught in the MTSU English Department since 1989. He received his B.A. from Boston College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The author of published essays on early modern British and Irish dramatists and dramatic texts and other topics, he is the editor, with Christopher Wheatley, of the two-volume Irish Drama of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Thoemmes Publishing, 2003). From 1991 to 2015 he co-directed the Conference o...

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Dr. Kevin Donovan has taught in the MTSU English Department since 1989. He received his B.A. from Boston College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The author of published essays on early modern British and Irish dramatists and dramatic texts and other topics, he is the editor, with Christopher Wheatley, of the two-volume Irish Drama of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Thoemmes Publishing, 2003). From 1991 to 2015 he co-directed the Conference on John Milton sponsored by the MTSU English Department. From 1995 to 2012 he served as campus coordinator for a series of six week-long educational residencies by Shakespearean actors from the London stage. He has compiled the historical survey of interpretive criticism on King Lear for the forthcoming edition of the play in the New Variorum Shakespeare series. He has recently co-edited with Thomas J. Festa a collection of essays on the poet John Milton: Milton, Materialism, and Embodiment (Duquesne UP, 2017). He also served as the director of the English Department's graduate program from 2008-13 and from 2016 to the present.

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Publications

Editions:
History of Interpretive Criticism and assoc. ed. for King Lear: A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare (MLA), ed. Richard Knowles. Forthcoming.

Irish Drama of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: An Anthology, co-edited with Christopher J. Wheatley. 2 vols. Thoemmes, 2003.

Milton, Materialism, and Embodiment, co-edited with Thomas J. Festa, Duquesne UP, 2017.

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Editions:
History of Interpretive Criticism and assoc. ed. for King Lear: A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare (MLA), ed. Richard Knowles. Forthcoming.

Irish Drama of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: An Anthology, co-edited with Christopher J. Wheatley. 2 vols. Thoemmes, 2003.

Milton, Materialism, and Embodiment, co-edited with Thomas J. Festa, Duquesne UP, 2017.

Articles:
“Recent Studies in Ben Jonson (mid-2001—2012),” English Literary Renaissance 44.3 (2014).
“People Who Think Otherwise.” Honors in Practice 5 (2009).
“Lear’s Awakening (IV.vii): Texts and Contexts.” Renaissance Papers 2006 (2007).
“The Giant-Queller and the Poor Old Woman: Henry Brooke and the Two Cultures of Eighteenth-Century Ireland.” New Hibernia Review 7.2 (Summer 2003).
“Forms of Authority in the Early Texts of Every Man Out of His Humour,” in Re-Presenting Ben Jonson: Text, Performance, History, ed. Martin Butler (Macmillan, 1999).
“Jack the Giant Queller: Political Theater in Ascendancy Dublin.” Éire-Ireland 30 (1995).
“Jonson’s Texts in the First Folio,” in Ben Jonson’s 1616 Folio, ed. Wyman Herendeen and J. H. Brady (University of Delaware Press, 1991).
“Recent Studies in Robert Greene.” English Literary Renaissance 20 (1990).
“The Final Quires of Jonson’s 1616 Workes: Headline Evidence.” Studies in Bibliography 40 (1987).
“Ben Jonson,” in Elizabethan Dramatists, ed. Fredson Bowers, Vol. 62 of The Dictionary of Literary Biography (1987).
“Recent Studies in John Lyly.” English Literary Renaissance 22 (1992).
“Recent Studies in Thomas Lodge and George Peele.” English Literary Renaissance 23 (1993).

Book Reviews:
Electronic Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics, ed. Gabriel Egan (NTMRS 2010);
The Tide Tarrieth No Man, ed. Peter Happé (Malone Soc., 2012); Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 109.2 (2015).
Mark Bland, A Guide to Early Printed Books and Manuscripts (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 108.1 (2014).
John C. Greene, Theatre in Belfast 1736-1800 (Lehigh UP, 2000). New Hibernia Review 7.4 (Winter 2003).
Achsah Guibbory, Ceremony and Community from Herbert to Milton (Cambridge UP, 1998). Ben Jonson Journal 6 (2000).

Performance Reviews:
The Maid’s Tragedy by Beaumont and Fletcher, Epicene by Ben Jonson, and As You Like It by William Shakespeare. Early Modern Literary Studies 17.2 (2014).
The Taming of the Shrew and Henry IV, Part 2 by William Shakespeare and The Fair Maid of the West by Thomas Heywood. Early Modern Literary Studies 15.3 (2011).
“Two Productions of Cymbeline.” Early Modern Literary Studies 14.2 (2008).

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Presentations

“Being ‘Jonsonian’ in Strafford's Dublin: The Case of Henry Burnell.” Marlowe Society of America Sixth International Conference (2008).
“Being ‘Jonsonian’ in Wentworth’s Dublin: Henry Burnell’s Landgartha.” Seminar on Drama and the Making of National Identity, Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting (2007).
“Lear’s Awakening: A Defense of the Quarto.” Southeastern Renaissance Conferenc...

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“Being ‘Jonsonian’ in Strafford's Dublin: The Case of Henry Burnell.” Marlowe Society of America Sixth International Conference (2008).
“Being ‘Jonsonian’ in Wentworth’s Dublin: Henry Burnell’s Landgartha.” Seminar on Drama and the Making of National Identity, Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting (2007).
“Lear’s Awakening: A Defense of the Quarto.” Southeastern Renaissance Conference Annual Meeting (2006).
“The Awakening of King Lear: Texts and Contexts.” Seminar on King Lear, Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting (2006).
“Mother Ireland and the Farmer: Ideological Dissonance in a Political Play.” American Conference for Irish Studies, Southern Regional Meeting (2001).
“Forms of Authority in the Early Texts of Every Man Out of His Humour.” Ben Jonson: Text, History, Performance, an International Conference at the School of English, University of Leeds, 5-7 July 1995.
“Riotous Farce: The Texts of Thomas Sheridan’s The Brave Irishman.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (1995).
“Representing Ireland on the Eighteenth-Century Dublin Stage.” American Conference for Irish Studies, Southern Regional Meeting (1994).
“Eighteenth-Century Gestures towards an Irish National Theater.” Belmont University Symposium on Irish Literature (1994).
“Henry Brooke, Charles Lucas, and Jack the Giant Queller: Political Theater in Eighteenth-Century Dublin.” South-Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (1993)
“The Use and Abuse of Authorial Intention in Jonson’s Comical Satires.” Tennessee Philological Association (1992).

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Awards

2007: Short-Term Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library

1993: National Endowment for the Humanities Travel to Collections Grant

Research/Scholarly Activity

In addition to the publications and conference presentations listed below, Donovan is collaborating with Thomas J. Festa on editing another collection of essays on John Milton deriving from the 2015 Conference on John Milton, tentatively titled Scholarly Milton. He is also completing a book proposal for a monograph on King Lear for the Arden series Shakespeare: The Critical Tradition.

Courses

Graduate: Shakespeare, Bibliography and Research, Seventeenth-Century Poetry and Prose,
English Drama to 1640, Major British Writers: Ben Jonson.


Undergraduate: Milton, Shakespeare: The Sixteenth-Century Plays (Honors), Shakespeare: The Seventeenth-Century Plays, Shakespeare’s Histories and Comedies (Honors), Shakespeare’s Tragedies (Honors), English Drama 1580-1642, Seventeenth-Century Poetry and Prose, British Literature I (...

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Graduate: Shakespeare, Bibliography and Research, Seventeenth-Century Poetry and Prose,
English Drama to 1640, Major British Writers: Ben Jonson.


Undergraduate: Milton, Shakespeare: The Sixteenth-Century Plays (Honors), Shakespeare: The Seventeenth-Century Plays, Shakespeare’s Histories and Comedies (Honors), Shakespeare’s Tragedies (Honors), English Drama 1580-1642, Seventeenth-Century Poetry and Prose, British Literature I (medieval to 17th century), Introduction to English Studies, Renaissance Man, Irish Literature and the Invention of Ireland (Honors), Experience of Literature, Themes in Literature and Culture, Expository Writing, Research and Argumentative Writing.

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