Marissa Nicosia

Assistant Professor of Renaissance Literature, English
Office Phone: 215-881-7556
Office Location: Sutherland, 301

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Educational Background

Ph.D.  University of Pennsylvania

M.A.    University of Pennsylvania

B.A.     Barnard College, Columbia University summa cum laude

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“A History, Couch’d in a Play”: Historical Futures in Seventeenth-Century Drama

This project examines seventeenth-century historical drama to argue that playwrights often represented the future as if it were already past to translate their political aspirations into compelling fact. By revealing the lively and varied “historical futures” forged in English history plays, this project counters narratives of the genre’s decline.

Public History Project

Cooking in the Archives: Updating Early Modern Recipes (1600-1800) in a Modern Kitchen

Created with Alyssa Connell and launched June 2014, Cooking in the Archives is a public history digital humanities project that curates transcribed and updated recipes from early modern English household manuscripts for an audience including food historians, students researching early modern culture, culinary enthusiasts, and the general public. Our work has been featured in the Washington Post, HuffPost: Taste,, and on Talk of Iowa (NPR). @rare_cooking

Selected publications and online writing

"The Exotic Taste of Rice," Written with Alyssa Connell, The Recipes Project, November 2015.

"Chacolet," Written with Alyssa Connell, The Collation: Research and Exploration at Folger, January 2016.

"Milton's Banana." Milton Studies, Special Issue on "Milton in the Americas," eds. Angelica Duran and Elizabeth Sauer, forthcoming.

“Reading Spenser in 1648: Prophecy and History in Samuel Sheppard’s Faerie Leveller.” Modern Philology, 114, 2(November 2016), forthcoming.

“Couplets, commonplaces and the creation of history in The Famous Tragedie of King Charles I (1649) and Cromwell’s Conspiracy (1660).” From Republic to Restoration: Legacies and Departures, ed. Janet Clare (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2016).

“Introduction to The Two Noble Kinsmen.” Shakespeare’s Works: A Comprehensive Guide for Students (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming 2016).

“Cooking in the Archives: Bringing Early Modern Manuscript Recipes into a Twenty-First-Century Kitchen,” written with Alyssa Connell, Archive Journal: Notes + Queries, July 2015.

“Lobsters in the Archive,” The Appendix Blog, December 2014.

Review of Ann Baynes Coiro and Thomas Fulton, Rethinking Historicism From Shakespeare to Milton. The Shakespeare Newsletter 63:3, no. 291 (Spring 2014): 99-100.

“Monstrous News: the futures of the Mistris Parliament plays,” The Appendix: a new journal of narrative & experimental history, July 2014.

Teaching interests and courses taught

Early modern English literature; Shakespeare; Milton; book history and media studies; early modern political history and philosophy; utopian and dystopian literature; digital humanities; public history; food studies.

ENGL 129: Shakespeare

ENGL 202B: Writing in the Humanities

ENGL 221(W): British Literature to 1798

ENGL 440: Studies in Shakespeare

ENGL 443: Introduction to the English Renaissance - Premodern Worlds

ENGL 445: Shakespeare’s Contemporaries

Selected awards, grants, patents, other honors

Folger Institute Short-Term Research Fellowship, 2015-2016.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography, Rare Book School, University of

Virginia, 2013-2015.

GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation, University of Pennsylvania,

supported Cooking in the Archives project, 2014.

Teaching and Research Fellowship, Department of English and College of Liberal and

Professional Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2013-2014.

Fellowship for Graduate Study, Alumnae Association of Barnard College, 2012-2013.

Teaching Certificate, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Pennsylvania, 2012.

The George Welwood Murray Graduate Fellowship, Barnard College, 2008-2009.

Phi Beta Kappa, Barnard College, 2007.