English Program

Lori Anne Ferrell, Chair

Professor of Early Modern History and Literature

Chair, English Department

Director, Program in Early Modern Studies


Contact Information

831 N. Dartmouth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 607-2652

Spring 2014 Office Hours

Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (first come, first served);
Fridays, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (by appointment);
or by appointment (please email to arrange).



Ph.D., History, Yale University

Research Interests

Lori Anne Ferrell holds a joint appointment in Early Modern History and Literature. Her research, which has been transdisciplinary since her undergraduate education, concentrates on the effect religious and political change had on early modern texts--theological, literary, theatrical, and practical--in the turbulent century before the outbreak of civil war in Britain.

Teaching Fields

At CGU Ferrell advises the concentration in Early Modern Studies. She encourages transdisciplinary enrollment in her courses, which include The Shakespeare Seminar, classes on Sidney, Spenser, Donne, Milton, early modern theatre, book and printing history, and the English Bible (for the English Department); on Reformation Europe, Tudor-Stuart British History, Post-reformation England, and Colonial America (for the History Department). She studied with Los Angeles's repertory Shakespeare company Theatricum Botanicum, and has introduced aspects of that training into her courses on early modern English theater.

Current Project(s)

Lori Anne Ferrell is the editor of volume 11 of The Sermons of John Donne, a major new edition of Donne's complete works published by Oxford University Press and underwritten by a grant from the AHRC in Britain. She is currently guest-curating her second exhibit for the Huntington Library entitled "Illuminated Palaces: Extra-Illustrated Books from the Huntington Collection," which will open in July 2013. Her other current research includes a research project on Shakespeare and botany in the Victorian era (with Dr. Lucinda McDade, Botany), and a monograph project on the archiving, organizing, and editing of sixteenth and seventeenth century historical, literary, and religious documents by nineteenth century organizations like The Parker Society.

Selected Publications

The Bible and the People. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.

The English Sermon Revised: Religion, Literature and History, 1600-1750, ed. by Lori Anne Ferrell and Peter McCullough. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000.

Government by Polemic: James I, the King's Preachers, and the Rhetorics of Conformity, 1603-1625. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998.

Religion and Society in Early Modern England: A Sourcebook, ed. by David Cressy and Lori Anne Ferrell. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Additional Information

Professor Ferrell has co-directed three NEH Summer Institutes for College and University Faculty and has been a seminar director for the Folger Institute of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Los Angeles's Theatricum Botanicum and an Instructor in their "Academy of the Classics." She was the guest curator for a 2004 Huntington Library exhibit entitled "The Bible and the People" and was subsequently featured in PBS and BBC television documentaries on that subject. She co-directs the Huntington Library/USC Seminar in Early Modern British History at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Professor Ferrell has received grants and fellowships from the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the Whiting Foundation, the British Academy, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Newberry Library. She has recently been named a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She has been a residential fellow of All Souls College Oxford, and is a fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge.

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