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Piers Brown

Piers Brown

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Toronto

Tel: (304) 293-9739
Fax: (304) 293-5380

Piers Brown teaches courses in Renaissance literature, poetics, and the history of the book. He was a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the University of York before arriving at West Virginia University, and is a two-time winner of the John Donne Society’s Distinguished Publication award (2008, 2009). He is interested in early modern poetry and prose, textual cultures, and scientific knowledge-making.


  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Early Modern Literature and Culture
  • Theories of Metaphor
  • Book History
  • History of Science

Selected Publications:

“‘That full-sail voyage’: Travel Narratives and Astronomical Discovery in Kepler and Galileo.”
The Invention of Discovery. Ed. James Fleming. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 15-28.

“Donne’s Hawkings.” Studies in English Literature 49.1 (Winter 2009): 67-85.

“‘Hac ex consilio meo via progredieris’: Courtly Reading and Secretarial Mediation in Donne’s The Courtier’s Library.” Renaissance Quarterly 61.3 (Fall 2008): 833-866.

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