Marissa Nicosia

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

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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. “Cooking in the Archives: Bringing Early Modern Manuscript Recipes into a Twenty

Edited Collection

Making Milton: Writing, Publication, Reception. eds. Emma Depledge, John Garrison, Marissa Nicosia. Under contract with Oxford University Press. Rather than accept the Romantic image of Milton the solitary genius, the essays in this collection instead argue that Milton’s authorial persona needs to be understood in the context of the multifarious, mutually beneficial relationships he enjoyed with contemporary writers, stationers and early readers.

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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.

The work has been featured in the Washington Post, HuffPost: Taste,, and on Talk of Iowa (NPR). @rare_cooking

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 200: Introduction to Critical Reading

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

ENGL 487 (W): Senior Seminar

Selected awards, grants, patents, other honors

Panzer New Scholar Award, Bibliographical Society of America, 2017.

Folger Shakespeare Library Short-Term Research Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, 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.