Professor Netzley’s research interests include Renaissance literature, particularly seventeenth-century lyric and Milton, literature of the English Reformation, especially martyrologies and apocalypse commentaries, and critical and poststructuralist theory. His most recent book is Lyric Apocalypse: Milton, Marvell, and the Nature of Events (Fordham UP, 2015), an examination of Milton’s and Marvell’s attempts to conceive of apocalyptic change in the present. He is also the author of Reading, Desire, and the Eucharist in Early Modern Religious Poetry (University of Toronto Press, 2011), which examines the impact of sacramental presence on our understanding of desire, love, and reading in Renaissance religious verse: namely, how do we desire a god that we do not lack? Professor Netzley has also co-edited a collection of essays on John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and the impact of digital and print technologies on reading practice (University of Delaware Press, 2010).
He has published articles in PMLA, ELH, Criticism, Milton Quarterly, and Milton Studies, and on Milton, Donne, Herbert, Marvell, Crashaw, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, and Taylor Hackford’s film, The Devil’s Advocate. His current projects explore the depiction of learning in Renaissance poetry, especially the ways in which it jars with modern assumptions about education, and the conceptions of debt, financial speculation, and exchange in seventeenth-century lyric.
Lyric Apocalypse: Milton, Marvell, and the Nature of Events (Fordham University Press, 2015): http://fordhampress.com/index.php/lyric-apocaypse-cloth.html.
Reading, Desire, and the Eucharist in Early Modern Religious Poetry (University of Toronto Press, 2011): https://utorontopress.com/us/reading-desire-and-the-eucharist-in-early-modern-religious-poetry-2.
Acts of Reading: Interpretation, Reading Practices, and the Idea of the Book in John Foxe’s Actes and Monuments, Co-edited with Thomas P. Anderson (University of Delaware Press, 2010): http://www2.lib.udel.edu/udpress/acts.htm.
“Sameness and the Poetics of Non-Relation: Andrew Marvell’s ‘The Garden,’” PMLA 132.3 (May 2017): 580-595.
“Literalizing Value: Poetry, Evaluation, and the Market in Marvell’s ‘The Last Instructions,’” Marvell Studies 2 (2017). (33 ms. pages).
“Digression, Sublimity, and Learning in Milton’s Lycidas,” Milton Quarterly 50.3 (2016): 157-171.
“Learning from Anniversaries: Progress, Particularity, and Radical Empiricism in John Donne’s Second Anniversarie,” Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate 25 (2015/2016): 19-44.
“Milton’s Sonnets,” in A New Companion to Milton, ed. Thomas N. Corns (Blackwell, 2016), 270-281.
“Learning from History: Empiricism, Likeness, and Liberty in Paradise Lost, Books 11-12,” in Milton’s Modernities, ed. Feisal G. Mohamed and Patrick Fadely (Northwestern University Press, 2017) (36 ms. pages).