- Early Modern Studies
- Religion, Literature, and Culture
Nandra Perry’s field of concentration is early modern (c. 1500-c. 1700) English literature with cross-disciplinary research and teaching interests in Religious Studies. Her work considers the implications of religious change and conflict for the history of reading and for literary representations of interiority, exemplarity, and heroism. Her first book, Imitatio Christi: The Poetics of Piety in Early Modern England (Notre Dame University Press) explores the relationship of the traditional devotional paradigm of ‘the imitation of Christ’ to the theory and practice of literary imitation. Her current book project, Reading Reformed explores the religious roots of modern Anglophone habits of reading.
Honors and Awards:
Dr. Perry been a Pew Younger Scholars Fellow and Charlotte Newcombe Fellow. During her time at Texas A&M, she has been the recipient of a Faculty Stipendiary Fellowship from the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research (2007-2008), a Scholarly and Creative Activities Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research (2010), the Association of Former Students Teaching Award for the College of Liberal Arts (2014), and a Glasscock Faculty Research Fellowship (2015-2016).
Perry, Nandra. Imiatatio Christi: The Poetics of Piety in Early Modern England. University of Notre Dame Press, 2014
In Imitatio Christi: The Poetics of Piety in Early Modern England, Nandra Perry explores the relationship of the traditional devotional paradigm of imitatio Christi to the theory and practice of literary imitation in early modern England. While imitation has long been recognized as a central feature of the period’s pedagogy and poetics, the devotional practice of imitating Christ’s life and Passion has been historically regarded as a minor element in English Protestant piety.
- Sacred and Scandalous: Philip and Mary Sidney’s Reforming Poetics” (co-authored essay with Robert Stillman). Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Literature and Religion, eds., Andrew Hiscock and Helen Wilcox, Oxford University Press, (2017)
- “Turning the Tables: Richard Crashaw Reads the Protestant Altar.” Studies In Philology. 112.2 (Spring, 2015): 303-326.
- “Elizabeth I as Holy Church in Spenser’s Faerie Queene .” Renaissance Papers (1997): 33-48.
- “ Imitatio and Identity: Thomas Rogers, Philip Sidney, and the Protestant Self.” English Literary Renaissance 35 (2005): 365-406.
- “‘’Tis Heav’n She Speakes’: Lady Religion, Saint Teresa, and the Politics of Ceremony in the Poetry of Richard Crashaw.” Religion and Literature 38.2 (Summer, 2006).
- “The Sound of Silence: Elizabeth Cary and the Christian Hero.” English Literary Renaissance 38 (2008): 106-141.
- “The Imitation of Christ in English Reformation Writing.” Blackwell: Literature Compass . 8.4 (2011): 195-205.