Retired English Department Faculty


Jennifer Brady, Ph.D.
Michael Leslie, Ph.D.


Jennifer Brady

(Retired) Professor of English

1980, Ph.D., English Literature, Princeton University
1977, M.A., Princeton University
1974, B.A., English Literature, University of Toronto

Jennifer Brady taught in the English department at Rhodes from 1984 through 2016. She won the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1993. She earned her B.A. at the University of Toronto and her Ph.D. at Princeton University. She has published articles and book chapters and co-edited collections of essays on two major seventeenth-century writers, Ben Jonson and John Dryden. Her teaching interests include Renaissance and Restoration drama, the novel of manners, authorial studies, literary influence, and literary history. In her personal life, she is a dedicated and passionate fan of the Memphis Grizzlies and the owner of several vertically challenged dogs. 


English 190 - Introductory Topics in Literature: Austen′s Fiction, Contemporary American & Canadian Fiction
English 221 - Novel of Manners
English 265 - Special Topics: Modern Novella, American Fiction in the Gilded age
English 323 - Renaissance Drama 
English 340 - Restoration Drama 
English 385 - Junior Seminar: Critical Theory and Methodology, The Other Titans: Jonson and Fletcher 17th Century Satiric Comedy - Jonson, Dryden and Congreve
English 485 - Senior Research Seminar: John Fletcher - The Case for Collaborative Writing



Jennifer Brady, Greg Clingham, David Kramer and Earl Miner, Literary Transmission and Authority: Dryden and Other Writers, edited by Earl Miner and Jennifer Brady. Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Thought, 17. (Cambridge University Press, 1993). Paperback reprint, 2005.






 Ben Jonson′s 1616 Folio, edited by Jennifer Brady and W. H. Herendeen (University of Delaware Press, 1991).  








Articles and Book Chapters
“Jonson′s Reception in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century,” in The Oxford Handbook of Jonson Studies, ed. Eugene Giddens (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming).

“Dryden and Rochester: Tracing Literary Rivalries in Dryden′s Prefatory Texts,” in Approaches to Teaching the Works of John Dryden, eds. Jayne Lewis and Lisa Zunshine (New York, MLA, 2013), pp. 146-152.

“Dryden on Epicoene’s ‘Malicious Pleasure’: The Case of the Otters,” in Renaissance Papers 2005, eds. Christopher Cobb and M. Thomas Hester (Rochester, N. Y.:Camden House, 2005), pp. 103-120.

“Wish-Fulfillment Fantasies in Dryden′s Aureng-Zebe,” Philological Quarterly 83 (Winter, 2004): 41-60.

“Anxious Comparisons in John Dryden′s Troilus and Cressida,” in Enchanted Ground: Reimagining John Dryden, eds. Maximillian E. Novak and Jayne Lewis (University of Toronto Press, 2004), pp. 185-202.

Ben Jonson, Revisited,” Renaissance Quarterly 55 (2002): 272-86.

“Dryden and Congreve′s Collaboration in The Double Dealer,” in John Dryden: Tercentenary Essays, edited by Paul Hammond and David Hopkins (Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 113-139.

“Progenitors and Other Sons in Ben Jonson′s Discoveries,” in New Perspectives on Ben Jonson, edited by James Hirsh (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1997), pp. 16-34.

“Collaborating with the Forebear: Dryden′s Reception of Ben Jonson,” MLQ: A Journal of Literary History 54 (September, 1993): 345-69.

“Dryden and Negotiations of Literary Succession and Precession,” in Literary Transmission and Authority, eds. Miner and Brady, pp. 27-54.

“′Noe fault, but Life′: Jonson′s Folio as Monument and Barrier,” in Ben Jonson′s 1616 Folio, eds. Brady and Herendeen, pp. 192-216.

Jonson′s "To King James": Plain Speaking in the "Epigrammes" and the "Conversations" ." Studies in Philology. 82.3 (1985): 380-98.

“Points West, Then and Now: The Fiction of Joan Didion,” Contemporary Literature 20 (Autumn, 1979): 452-70. Reprinted in Joan Didion: Essays and Conversation, edited by Ellen G. Friedman (Ontario Review Press, 1984), pp. 43-59.

′Beware the Poet′: Authority and Judgement in Jonson′s Epigrammes,” Studies in English Literature: 1500-1900 23 (Winter, 1983): 95-112.

 “Readers in Richardson′s Pamela,” English Studies in Canada 9 (June, 1983): 164-76.

Brady′s reviews have appeared in the following journals: Renaissance Quarterly, Modern Philology, Comparative Drama, Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, University of Toronto Quarterly, and The Dalhousie Review.

Encyclopedia Pieces

“The Atheist”. The Literary Encylopedia. 29 July 2012
“The Cheats of Scapin”. The Literary Encyclopedia. 29 December 2011.
“Titus and Berenice”. The Literary Encyclopedia. 29 December 2011.
“The Tempest”. The Literary Encyclopedia. 14 September 2011.
“Aureng-Zebe”. The Literary Encyclopedia. 22 July 2010.

Michael Leslie

(Retired) Professor & Dean of British Studies

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

Michael Leslie taught courses in the English Department and was also Dean of Rhodes College′s British Studies At Oxford summer school. His teaching and research interests were mainly based in the early modern period, and tended to combine literature with the visual arts, the history of designed landscapes, and the history of science. As part of an international team, he 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 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 also published a digital edition and database of The Papers of Samuel Hartlib, c. 1600-1662.

He 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 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.


English 285 - TEXT AND CONTEXT 
English 336 - LITERATURE & LANDSCAPE,1500-1800 


Professor Michael Leslie discusses using electronic media. .

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:, 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)


"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.