Chris Barrett

Assistant Professor

Office: Allen Hall 212L

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Renaissance and early modern British literature, with special attention to Spenser and Milton

Lyric and Epic Poetry

Geocritical approaches to literature

Critical Animal Studies

Humor Studies




Chris Barrett (PhD Harvard 2012) joined LSU English in fall 2012. Her research and teaching interests include early modern English literature (especially Spenser and Milton), lyric and epic poetry, critical animal studies, geocritical approaches to literature, and ecocriticism/ecomaterialism. She is the author of articles and essays on Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, fire, ether, and early modern butterflies. Her first book project, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, explores the poetics generated by anxieties about cartographic materials in English Renaissance literature. Her in-progress second book project focuses on literalism, metaphoricity, and environment. Her research has been supported by the Council on Research (2013), a Manship summer stipend grant (2015), and short-term fellowships at the Newberry Library (2014), Dumbarton Oaks (2017), and the Folger (2017). She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the 2017 Tiger Athletic Foundation President’s Award. Prof. Barrett is also faculty advisor to Spectrum, LSU’s LGBTQIA+ student organization.



"The Underside of the Map: Cartographic Anxieties and Early Modern English Literature"_. Book manuscript in production at Oxford University Press.

 “Shakespeare’s Butterflies,” in New Orleans Review 42 (Spring 2016).
“Allegraphical Faerie Queene and Spenser’s Significantly Unsignifying Ecology,” in SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 56, 1 (Winter 2016).
 “The Quintessence of Wit: Ether and the Material Joke,” invited contribution to Elemental Ecocriticism. Eds. Jeffrey Cohen and Lowell Duckert. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
 “The Map You Cannot See: Paradise Lost and the Poetics of Navigation,” invited contribution to Renaissance Now!: The Value of the Renaissance Past in the Culture of Today. Ed. Brendan Dooley. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2014.
 “Cetaceous Sin and Dragon Death: The Faerie Queene, Natural Philosophy, and the Limits of Allegory,” in Spenser Studies vol. 28, 2013.