- 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 literary representations of interiority, exemplarity, and heroism. Her forthcoming 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.
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) and a Scholarly and Creative Activities Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research (2010).
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.
- “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.