The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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150 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9274
United States



Joseph Black received his BA and PhD from the University of Toronto. He joined the English Department in 2004, after six years as Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He was Editor of the Sidney Journal (2000-05), on the General Editorial Board of the Broadview Anthology of British Literature, and currently serves on the editorial board of English Literary Renaissance (co-editor, 2007-08). 

His speciality is early modern British literature, with research interests that fall under the broad rubric of book history. His recent work explores the interplay between early modern writings and the material and social contexts of their production and reception, focusing particularly on pamphlet warfare and the public sphere, oppositional communities and the social uses of texts, the complex dialogue between print and manuscript culture, and the history of private libraries. His current major project is  the Complete Works of Thomas Nashe in 6 vols., co-edited with Andrew Hadfield, Jennifer Richards, and Cathy Shrank for Oxford University Press.  

His teaching interests include seventeenth-century literature, Milton, Shakespeare, the epic tradition, and book history.