Michael Leslie | Professor & Dean of British Studies
Office: 400 Palmer Hall | Phone: (901) 843-3715 | Email: leslie@rhodes.edu

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Michael Leslie teaches courses in the English Department and he is also Dean of Rhodes College′s British Studies At Oxford summer school. His teaching and research interests are mainly based in the early modern period, and tend to combine literature with the visual arts, the history of designed landscapes, and the history of science. As part of an international team, he has recently published an edition of the plays of Richard Brome (c.1590-1652), a previously unedited 17th-century dramatist and poet. This edition is innovative in that it is entirely web-based and includes (as well as original and modernized texts, introductions, notes, glossaries, and bibliographies) video annotation drawn from workshops with professional actors. A modified version of this edition, adapted for traditional print, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

He has published books on the great English epic-romance, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene; on Culture and Cultivation in Early Modern England; on Samuel Hartlib and Universal Reformation: Studies in Intellectual Communication. He has also published a digital edition and database of The Papers of Samuel Hartlib, c. 1600-1662.

He has founded and edited two journals: The Journal of Garden History, now called Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes; and Word & Image: A Journal of Visual/Verbal Enquiry.

Professor Leslie has just published, as joint senior editor, a 6-volume “Cultural History of Gardens” from the ancient world to the present day. He is the volume editor for gardens of the Middle Ages and also contributed essays on literary representations of gardens for the volumes on the Renaissance and the twentieth century.


Education

1981 Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 1981
1976 B.A., Hons. (1st Class), University of Leicester


Courses

English 215 - FOCUS ON LITERATURE
English 230 - SHAKESPEARE′S MAJOR PLAYS
English 260 - SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE I
English 260 - SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE I
English 285 - TEXT AND CONTEXT 
English 320 - MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
English 322 - RENAISSANCE POETRY & PROSE
English 332 - ADV STUDY:SHAKESPEARE&GENDER
English 336 - LITERTRE & LANDSCAPE,1500-1800
English 350 - ROMANTIC POETRY AND PROSE
English 380 - TOPICS IN LITERARY STUDY
English 385 - TOPICS:PARODY & SATIRE


Selected Publications

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Books

 

 

The Cultural History of Gardens, 6 volumes, edited by John Dixon Hunt and Michael Leslie, London: Berg, 2013.

Vol. 1 Antiquity, ed. Kathryn Gleason
Vol. 2 Middle Ages ed. Michael Leslie
Vol. 3 Renaissance ed. Elizabeth Hyde
Vol. 4 Age of Enlightenment ed. Stephen Bending
Vol. 5 Age of Empire ed. Sonja Dümpelmann
Vol. 6 Modern Age ed. John Dixon Hunt

In addition to being joint series editor and editing volume 2, Leslie has essays in volumes 2, 3, and 6.

 

Greengrass, Mark, Michael Leslie, and Timothy Raylor. Samuel Hartlib and Universal Reformation: Studies in Intellectual Communication. Cambridge [England]: New York :Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Leslie, Michael, and Timothy Raylor. Culture and Cultivation in Early Modern England: Writing and the Land. Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1992.

Leslie, Michael. Spenser′s ′fierce Warres and Faithfull Loves′: Martial and Chivalry Symbolism in the Faerie Queene. Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]: D.S. Brewer, 1983.

 

Edited and Selected Collection in microform (with John Dixon Hunt): Shakespeare and the Visual Arts, Unit 17 of Shakespeariana edited by Philip Brockbank et al (University Microfilms International: Japan, 1989, rest of world, 1990).

Journals Edited

Leslie, Michael. Associate founding editor: Journal of Garden History; now renamed Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes

Leslie, Michael. Joint founding editor: Word & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry

Leslie, Michael. Founding section editor of the online periodical: Literature Compass: The Seventeenth Century

 

Digital Editions

 

Edited, with other members of the Hartlib Papers Project team, The Hartlib Papers: A Complete Text and Image Database of the Papers of Samuel Hartlib (c.1600-1662)
(Ann Arbor, MI: UMI, 1995; 2nd edition, 2002).

Richard Brome Online General Editor Richard Cave (2010: http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/brome), ISBN 978-0-9557876-1-4; The Weeding of Covent Garden and The New Academy; or, The New Exchange, ed. Michael Leslie

Contributions to Books

"History and Historiography in the English Landscape Garden" in Perspectives on Garden History edited by Michel Conan (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1999).

Joint editor, with John Dixon Hunt, "Garden and Architectural Dreamscapes in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili", Word & Image: An International Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, vol. 14 (1998)

"′Bringing Ingenuity into Fashion′: The ′Elysium Britannicum′ and the Reformation of Husbandry", in John Evelyn′s "Elysium Britannicum" and European Gardening edited by Therese O′Malley and Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1998).

"Something Nasty in the Wilderness: Entertaining Queen Elizabeth on her Progresses" in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, vol. 10, edited by John Pitcher (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson U.P., 1998).

 "Early Renaissance Gardens in Italy", The Dictionary of Art ed. Jane Taylor (London: Macmillan, 1996).

"Electronic Editions and the Hierarchy of Texts" in The Politics of the Electronic Text ed. Warren Chernaik, Caroline Davies, and Marilyn Deegan (Oxford: Office for Humanities Communication, 1993).

"Biographical and Bibliographical Appendix", part 3 of Renaissance and Reformation, vol. 3 of The Cambridge Guide to the Arts in Britain ed. Boris Ford (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), Revised, paperback 2nd edition published as Sixteenth-Century Britain: The Cambridge Cultural History ed. Boris Ford (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992).

 "The Spiritual Husbandry of John Beale" in Culture and Cultivation in Early Modern England: Writing and the Land (1992).

"′Gardens of Eloquence′: Rhetoric, Landscape, and Literature in the English Renaissance" in Towards a Definition of Topos: Approaches to Analogical Reasoning, edited by Lynette Hunter (London: Macmillan, 1991).

Series of articles in The Spenser Encyclopedia, edited by A C Hamilton et al (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 1990).

 Editor, "Renaissance Art and Literature", Word & Image: An International Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, vol. 3 (1987)  

Special Issues of Journals: Editor, "Ut pictura poesis", Word & Image: An International Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, vol. 1 (1985)

Articles

"The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and the Elizabethan Landscape Entertainments", Word & Image: An International Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, Vol 14, pp 132-146 (1998).

"An English Landscape Garden before the ′English Landscape Garden′?" Journal of Garden History 13 (1993)

"Spenser, Sidney, and the Renaissance Garden", English Literary Renaissance 22 (1992)

"Multimedia for Library Staff Training: A Preliminary Report of Research", Interactive Multimedia 2.2 (1992) (with Peter Stubley and Darren Umney).

"Edmund Spenser: Art and The Faerie Queene", Proceedings of the British Academy 76 (1991)

"The Hartlib Papers Project: Text Retrieval with Large Datasets", Literary and Linguistic Computing 5 (1990)

"The Dialogue between Bodies and Souls: Painting and Poetry in the English Renaissance", Word & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry 1 (1985)

"Drummond′s Copy of The Faerie Queene", Times Literary Supplement (1981) (with Alastair Fowler).

The Library, Art Book Review, Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies, Spenser Newsletter, Journal of Garden History, Word & Image, European Romantic Review, Times Higher Education Supplement, Studies in Philology, and The Seventeenth Century. On garden and landscape design history, literature, art history, interart relations, and computing applications in the Humanities.