Professor Nicholas McDowell



Poet of Revolution: the Making of John Milton, Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, 2020.

with Power H, The Oxford Handbook of English Prose, 1640-1714, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2020.

Oxford Complete Works of John Milton. Volume 6: Vernacular regicide and Republican Writings, edited with introduction, notes and commentary by N. H. Keeble and N. McDowell, Oxford UK, Oxford University Press, 2013.

with Smith N, The Oxford Handbook of Milton, 2012.

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature. 3 vols. Gen. eds. Garrett Sullivan, Alan Stewart. Assoc. Eds. Rebecca Lemon, Nicholas McDowell, Jennifer Richards, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Critical Quarterly, special issue, ed. Nicholas McDowell: 'Shakespeare, Milton, and the Early Modern: Current Issues, Future Approaches', 2010.

The Oxford Handbook of Milton, ed. N. McDowell and N. Smith, Oxford UK, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Poetry and Allegiance in the English Civil Wars: Marvell and the Cause of Wit, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008.

The English Radical Imagination: Culture, Religion, and Revolution, 1630-1660, Oxford University Press, 2003.


'Towards Redefinition of Cavalier Poetics', The Seventeenth Century, vol. 32, 4, no. special issue: 'The Cavalier', ed. Ruth Connolly, 2018, 413-431

'Civil Wars of Words: from Classical Rome to the Northern Ireland Troubles', Global Intellectual History, 2017, 1-11

'Wit, Conversation and Literary Transmission in Mid-Seventeenth-Century France and England: How Andrew Marvell Heard his Rabelais', Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 69, 3, University of Chicago Press, 2016, 940-965

Milton's Euripides and the superior rationality of the heathen, Seventeenth Century, vol. 31, no. 2, 2016, 215-237

'A Rabelaisian Scotsman in King Cromwell's Court: Sir Thomas Urquhart, the Hartlib Circle and the Nonsense of a Rational Language', Renaissance Studies, vol. 30, 1, no. special issue: 'Gossip and Nonsense: Excessive Language in Renaissance England and France', Society for Renaissance Studies, 2016, 152-168

'Towards a Poetics of Civil War', Essays in Criticism: a quarterly journal of literary criticism, vol. 65, no. 4, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2015, 341-366

'Decorum Personae: The World Turned Upside Down and the Praise of Folly', Prose Studies: history, theory, criticism, vol. 36, no. 3, 2014, 219-230

'Classical Liberty and Cavalier Poetics: the Politics of Literary Community in Caroline London from Jonson to Marvell', Yearbook of English Studies, vol. 44, no. special issue: Caroline Literature, 2014, 120-136

'Milton, the Eikon Basilike and Pamela's Prayer: Revisiting the Evidence', Milton Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 4, Blackwell, 2014, 225-234

'How Laudian was the Young Milton?', Milton Studies, vol. 52, 2011, 3-33

From Belfast to Baghdad: Editing Milton's prose for the twenty-first century, Critical Quarterly, vol. 52, no. 4, 2010, 37-47

'Tales of Tub Preachers: Swift and Heresiography', The Review of English Studies, vol. 61, no. 1, Oxford University Press, 2010, 72-92

Reviving the 'Cavalier Poets': Coterie Verse and the Form of the Poetic Anthology, Literature Compass, vol. 7, Blackwell, 2010, 946-953

'Dead Souls and Modern Minds? Mortalism and the Early Modern Imagination, from Marlowe to Milton', Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 40, no. 3, 2010, 559-592

Family politics; Or, how John Phillips read his uncle's satirical sonnets (with transcription from Bodleian MS Rawl. Poet. 30), MILTON QUART, vol. 42, no. 1, 2008, 1-21

'Dante and the Distraction of Lyric in Milton's To My Friend Mr Henry Lawes', The Review of English Studies, vol. 59, 2008, 232-254

'Early Modern Stereotypes and the Rise of English: Jonson, Dryden, Arnold, Eliot', Critical Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 3, Blackwell, 2006, 25-37

'Abiezer Coppe, Horace and the Dormouse', Notes and Queries: for readers and writers, collectors and librarians, vol. 53, no. 2, Oxford University Press, 2006, 166-168

'Ideas of Creation in the Writings of Richard Overton the Leveller and Paradise Lost', Journal of the History of Ideas, 2005, 59-78

'The Stigmatizing of Puritans as Jews in Jacobean England: Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon and the Book of Sports Controversy', Renaissance Studies, vol. 19, no. 3, 2005

'Urquhart's Rabelais: Translation, Patronage, and Cultural Politics', English Literary Renaissance, vol. 35, no. 2, 2005, 273-303

'Humanism and Heresy in Milton's England', Literature Compass, vol. 1, no. 1, Blackwell, 2004

'Levelling Language: the Politics of Literacy in the English Radical Tradition, 1640-1830', Critical Quarterly, vol. 46, no. 2, Blackwell, 2004, 39-62

'Latin Drama and Leveller Ideas: Pedagogy and Power in the Writings of Richard Overton', The Seventeenth Century, vol. 18, no. 2, 2003, 230-251

'A Ranter Reconsidered: Abiezer Coppe and Civil War Stereotypes', The Seventeenth Century, vol. 12, no. 2, 1997, 173-205


'Poetry and Revolution', in Scott-Warren J, Zurcher A (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Renaissance Poetry, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020

'Religious Controversy', in McDowell N, Power H (eds) The Oxford Handbook of English Prose, 1640-1714, Oxford: Oxford U, 2020

'Comic Romance', in McDowell N, Power H (eds) The Oxford Handbook of English Prose, 1640-1714, Oxford: Oxford, 2020

'Marvell's French Spirit', in Dzelzainis M, Holberton E (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Andrew Marvell, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, 614-634

'The Double Personality of Lucianic Satire from Dryden to Fielding', in Bullard P (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century Satire, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019

'Shakespearean Constitutions: Literary Culture and Republicanism', in Dobranski S (eds) Political Turmoil: Early Modern British Literature in Transition, 1623-1660, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019, 132-146

'Milton's Euripides and the Superior Rationality of the Heathen', in Demetriou T, Pollard T (eds) Milton, Drama and Greek Texts, London: Routledge, 2018, 85-108

'Rabelaisian Satire and Comedy', in Keymer T (eds) The Oxford History of the Novel in English. Volume 1: Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of Print to 1750, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2017, 294-309

'Self-defeating Scholarship? Antiscripturism and Anglican Apologetics from Hooker to the Latitudinarians', in Killeen K, Smith H, Willie R (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, c. 1530-1700, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2015, 237-254

'John Milton and Religious Tolerance: The Origins and Contradictions of the Western Tradition', in Glaser E (eds) Religious Tolerance in the Atlantic World: Early Modern and Contemporary Perspectives, Palgrave, 2014, 134-148

'The Nation's Poet? Milton's Shakespeare and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms', in Loughnane R, Maley W (eds) Celtic Shakespeare, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013

'Political Prose', in Hadfield A (eds) The Oxford Handbook of English Prose, 1500–1640, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2013

'The Scottish inhabitants of that Province are actually revolted': John Milton on the Failure of the Ulster Plantation', in Ciardha ÉÓ, Siochrú MÓ (eds) The Plantation of Ulster: Ideology and Practice, Manchester UK: Manchester University Press, 2012

'Marvell Among the Cromwellians', in Knoppers L (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2012

'Marvell Among the Cavaliers', in Knoppers L (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2012

'Herrick and the Order of the Black Riband: Literary Community in Civil War London and the Publication of Hesperides', in Cain T, Connolly R (eds) 'Lords of Wine and Oil': Community and Conviviality in Herrick and his Contemporaries, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2011

'The Beauty of Holiness and the Poetics of Antinomianism: Richard Crashaw, John Saltmarsh, and the Language of Radical Religion', in Hessayon A, Finnegan D (eds) Varieties of Radicalism in Seventeenth- and Early Eightenth-Century England in Context, Aldershot UK: Ashgate, 2011

The Caroline Court, in Dobranski S (eds) Milton in Context, Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 237-247

'Lycidas and the Influence of Anxiety, in McDowell N, Smith N (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Milton, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2009, 112-135

'Miltion's Regicide Tracts and the Uses of Shakespeare', in McDowell N, Smith N (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Milton, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2009, 252-271

'The Ghost in the Marble: Jeremy Taylor's Liberty of Prophesying (1647) and Its Readers', in Hessayon A, Keene N (eds) Scripture and Scholarship in Early Modern England, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006, 176-191


No More Heroes Anymore? The Latest Life of John Milton, The European Legacy: toward new paradigms, vol. 18, no. 3, 2012

Review Article: Authorship and Authority in Recent Milton Criticism, SEVENTEENTH CENT, vol. 24, no. 2, 2009, 361-370

'Interpreting Communities: Private Acts and Public Culture in Early Modern England', Criticism: a quarterly for literature and the arts, vol. 46, no. 2, 2004, 281-298

Internet publications

'Writing the Literary and Cultural History of Radicalism in the English Revolution', Cromohs Virtual Seminars, 2006