Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 107
DegreesUniversity of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.
Yale University, B.A.
ExpertiseRenaissance English and Italian literature. Shakespeare. Religion and literature.
ProfileProfessor Targoff teaches and studies Renaissance literature, with an emphasis on the relationship between literature and religion. She has written books on the invention of common prayer and its influence on Renaissance devotional poetry; on the works of the poet and preacher John Donne; and multiple articles on Shakespeare and Renaissance poetry. Her latest book, Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England, will be published in the spring of 2014. She is now working on a biography of the sixteenth-century Italian poet, Vittoria Colonna. Webpage
|ENG||1a||Introduction to Literary Studies|
|ENG||50a||Love Poetry from Sappho to Neruda|
|ENG||73a||Witchcraft and Magic in the Renaissance|
|ENG||183b||Gods and Humans in the Renaissance|
|ITAL||134b||Nella cultura ebraica italiana: cinema e letteratura|
Awards and Honors
American Academy in Rome Scholar in Residence (2012)
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2012)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2009)
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin Fellowship (2003 - 2004)
Best Book of the Year Award from the Conference on Christianity and Literature (2001 - 2002)
Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarship among Junior Faculty in the Humanities (2000 - 2001)
Morse Fellowship, Yale University (1998 - 1999)
National Endowment for the Humanities Dissertation Year Grant (1995 - 1996)
Targoff, Ramie. Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England. first ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. (forthcoming)
Targoff, Ramie, and Stephen Greenblatt, eds.. Religio Medici and Urne-Burial. 1st ed. New York: New York Review of Books, 2012.
Targoff, Ramie. "Mortal Love: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and the Practice of Joint Burial." Representations 120. 1 (2012): 17-34.
Targoff, Ramie. ""Passion: Petrarch to Wyatt"." Cultural Reformations: From Lollardy to the English Civil War. first ed. vol. n/a Ed. James Simpson and Brian Cummings. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010
Targoff, Ramie. John Donne, Body and Soul. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Ramie Targoff. "Traducing the Soul: Donne's Second Anniversarie." Publications of the Modern Language Association (PMLA) Vol. 121, no. 5. (2006).
Targoff, Ramie. "Facing Death." The Cambridge Companion to John Donne. Cambridge University Press, 2005
Targoff, Ramie. Common Prayer: The Language of Public Devotion in Early Modern England. University of Chicago Press, 2001.