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Jane Bellamy

Jane Bellamy

Professor Emerita


Elizabeth Jane Bellamy was a Professor and John C. Hodges Chair of Excellence in the Department of English; she retired in 2015. Her teaching and research interest is sixteenth-century British poetry, with particular emphasis on Spenser and the Renaissance comparative epic tradition. Her secondary interest is in the field of psychoanalytic literary criticism.



  • Co-editor with Patrick Cheney and Michael Schoenfeldt of Imagining Death in Spenser and Milton, Palgrave, 2003
  • Affective Genealogies: Psychoanalysis, Postmodernism, and the "Jewish Question" After Auschwitz Nebraska, 1997
  • Translations of Power: Narcissism and the Unconscious in Epic History, Cornell, 1992.

Representative Articles

  • "Gender," for The Palgrave Companion to Spenser Studies (2006).

Professor Bellamy has also published in such journals as English Literary History, Spenser Studies, The Shakespeare Yearbook, Comparative Literature Studies, Montaigne Studies, Annali d'Italianistica, Diacritics, Textual Practice, Parallax, The Yale Journal of Criticism, Clio, The South Atlantic Quarterly, Thesis Eleven, LIT: Literature / Interpretation / Theory, and Literature and Psychology.  She has also contributed essays on Renaissance literature and/or psychoanalytic literary criticism in edited collections published by Routledge, Princeton, Wisconsin, Minnesota, SUNY-Albany, Bucknell, and Kentucky.

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowship in English at Harvard University

Associations & Organizations

  • Served on the executive committee of the International Spenser Society
  • For three years, co-organized (with Jonathan V. Crewe, Adrian Randolph, and Rachel Trubowitz) the Annual New England Symposium on Early Modern Studies.
Jane Bellamy

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