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Anna Battigelli

Professor of English

Promoted to the rank of professor in 1999, Dr. Battigelli specializes in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English literature. She is the author of Margaret Cavendish and the Exiles of the Mind (1998), which was named a Choice Outstanding Title. Together with Laura M. Stevens, she edited a special topics double issue of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature on “English Women and Eighteenth-Century Catholicism” (2013). She is now completing a book called John Dryden and English Catholicism. Her recent articles include works on the religious context of Restoration print culture, early modern science, women writers, book history, and satire. Together with Eleanor Shevlin, she administers a web site devoted to digital bibliography called Early Modern Online Bibliography (emob): http://earlymodernonlinebib.wordpress.com. She has been invited to lecture at the University of Tulsa, Downside Abbey, Auburn University, Harvard’s Center for Literary and Cultural Studies, Hamilton College, and the CUNY Graduate Center’s eighteenth-century seminar. During the 2004–2005 academic year, she was a Carey Senior Fellow at Notre Dame University’s Erasmus Institute. She won the State University’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006. She was Visiting Professor of English at Boston University in spring 2008.

She has been a frequent panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was President of the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in 2007. She has served as both book review editor and as a member of the editorial board for 1650-1850: Ideas, Inquiries and Aesthetics in the Early Modern Era. She is currently on the editorial board of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. She is also a contributing editor for the Scriblerian. She is frequently invited to serve as an external reviewer for other colleges and universities for tenure, promotion, honors theses, and dissertation theses. She is a manuscript reader for academic journals and university presses.

Dr. Battigelli contributes generously to the SUNY Plattsburgh campus, mentoring new faculty within the humanities, coordinating the English Department’s minor program, and its new Internship Program. She is a devoted and highly acclaimed teacher.


  • Ph.D., The University of Michigan, 1987
  • M.A., The University of Michigan, 1983
  • B.A., The University of North Carolina, 1982

Research and Publications

  • Co-editor, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, special topics issue on “English Catholic Women Writers, 1660–1829,” forthcoming, spring 2012
  • Margaret Cavendish and the Exiles of the Mind. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1998. [Selected as a Choice Outstanding Title for 1998].
  • Articles:
    • “John Dryden’s Trojan Horse: Religio Laici” in MLA Approaches to Teaching John Dryden, ed. Lisa Zunshine and Jayne Lewis, forthcoming.
    • “Two Dramas of the Return of the Repressed: Dryden and Lee’s Oedipus and the Popish Plot,” Huntington Library Quarterly, 75:1 (March 2012), 1–25.
    • “Forum on Electronic Resources” (co-edited with Eleanor Shevlin), Age of Johnson, 21 (January 2012), 255–338.
    • “‘Tis the Press that has Made ‘um Mad’: Titus Oates’s Plot, Anti-Catholicism, and Print Culture,” in Voices for Tolerance in an Age of Persecution, ed. Vincent Carey. (Washington: Folger Library, 2004), 147–160.
    • “Resisting the New Science: Anne Conway, Henry More, and the Problem of Pain,” in Science and the Imagination in Early Modern England, ed. Kevin Cope. (New York: AMS Press, 2004), 223–242.
    • “Dryden’s Angry Readers,” in An Anatomy of Readers, ed. Jennifer Andersen and Elizabeth Sauer. (Pennsylvania: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), 261–281.
    • “The Case of Mary Wollstonecraft: Biographical Facts and Problems,” Biography and Source Studies, 6 (2001): 61–77.
    • “‘To Conclude Aright Within Ourselves’: Narcissus Luttrell and the Burden of the Protestant Reader, 1678–88,” in The Reader Revealed, ed. Sabrina Baron. (Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 2001), 75–84.
    • “Margaret Cavendish and Thomas Hobbes,” in Women Writers and the Early Modern Political Tradition. Ed. Hilda L. Smith. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), 40–55.
    • “Virginia Woolf’s Wild Goose Chase: Orlando as Biographical Criticism,” Biography and Source Studies 4 (1998): 41–56.
    • “’To Tune Our Sorrows and Instruct the Crowd’: The Cultural Work of Dryden’s Threnodia Augustalis,” in Talking Forward/ Talking Back, ed. Kevin Cope. (New York: AMS Press, 2000) 133–43.
    • “Between the Glass and the Hand: The Eye in Margaret Cavendish’s Blazing World,” 1650–1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 2 (1996): 25–38.
    • “Nature, Time, and Translation: Dryden’s ‘To the Memory of Mr. Oldham’ and the Poetic Tradition,” Restoration 14 (Spring 1990): 22–32.
    • “Some Current Publications,” Restoration 13 (Fall 1989): 95–114.
    • “Dryden and Oldham ‘Near Ally’d’,” Notes and Queries ns 233 (June 1988): 174–75.
    • “The Schema as an Index to Joyce’s Narrative,” James Joyce Quarterly 22:3 (Spring 1985): 319–23.
  • John Dryden and Catholicism: Religion and Politics in Restoration London.


  • James Marshall Osborn Fellow, Beinecke Manuscript and Rare Book Library, Yale University, 2009
  • The State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006
  • Carey Senior Fellow, The Erasmus Institute, Notre Dame University, 2004–2005
  • Long-term Fellow, Folger Shakespeare Library (one of four nationally), 2001–2002
  • James Marshall Osborn Fellow, Beinecke Manuscript and Rare Book Library, Yale University, 2002
  • Two National Endowment for the Humanities (N.E.H.) Summer Stipends
  • Selected to attend two N.E.H. Summer Institute/Seminars
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Short-Term Fellowship
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