Profile picture of Brent Dawson

Brent Dawson

Assistant Professor
Phone: 541-346-3962
Office: 473 PLC
Office Hours: Spring Term: M 2-5pm
Research Interests: Drama and Performance Studies, Renaissance/Early Modern Literary Studies


I research and teach Renaissance literature, including Spenser, Shakespeare, Cavendish, and Milton. I'm interested in theories of nature and matter, both early modern and contemporary. My first book project, Revolutions of Dust, looks at ideas of equality based in common matter that predate liberalism and their implications for seventeenth-century notions of race. The second project, Drift, attends to how early modern practices of meditation, particularly in the genres of poetry and essay, give an account of a mind embedded in a material world. 


My work has been published in ELH, New Literary HistoryRenaissance Drama, and the collection This Distracted Globe: Worldmaking in Early Modern Literature.