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Ian Moulton

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Biography

 

Ian Frederick Moulton, Professor of English and Cultural History in ASU's College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, is a cultural historian and literary scholar whose research focuses on the representation of gender and sexuality in early modern literature.  His books have been reviewed in the New Yorker, the LA Times, and the Times Literary Supplement.  He was born in London, UK, raised in Winnipeg, Canada, and received his Ph.D. in English from Columbia University before joining ASU as an Assistant Professor in 1995. 

His most recent book, Love in Print in the Sixteenth Century: The Popularization of Romance (Palgrave, 2014) is a study of the role of printed books in disseminating new ways of thinking about romantic love in early modern Europe.  Examining the representation of love in conduct books, philosophical treatises, letter-writing manuals, and medical texts, the volume explores the impact of printing on conflicting cultural notions about romantic love in the sixteenth century.  This popularization of romantic love through the book market led to profound transformations in the rhetoric, ideology, and social function of love--transformations that continue to shape cultural notions about love today.  Dr. Moulton has published on Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists, and also on the history of reading and the interaction between manuscript and print culture.  He is the author of Before Pornography: Erotic Writing in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2000) and editor and translator of Antonio Vignali's La Cazzaria (Routledge, 2003).

Together with Heidi Brayman-Hackel, Professor Moulton is co-editor of Teaching Early Modern English Literature from the Archives (MLA, 2015), a volume in the Modern Language Association's Options for Teaching series that focuses on the use of archival materials—including those accessible electronically—in early modern English literature courses.

Professor Moulton is an active member of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, serving on the Center's Advisory Board and chairing the editorial board for the book series Late Medieval and Early Modern Studies.  Dr. Moulton is fluent in French and Italian, as well as reading Latin, Spanish, and Ancient Greek. His other interests include Classical culture, Renaissance art history, and film studies. 

 

 

 

Education

PhD in English, Columbia University, 1995

MA in English, University of Western Ontario, 1988

BA in English and French, University of Manitoba, Canada, 1986

 

 

 

 

Research Interests

History of Gender and Sexuality

Sixteenth Century English and Italian Literature

History of the Book

Publications

BOOKS, AUTHORED:

Love in Print in the Sixteenth Century: The Popularization of Romance.  New York: Palgrave, 2014.  244pp.  An analysis of influential and emblematic non-literary texts dealing with love from the first century of the popular book market.  Its thesis is that the rise of the book market greatly facilitated the cultural dissemination of various conflicting ideas about romantic love and its significance.

 

Before Pornography: Erotic Writing in Early Modern England.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2000; paperback ed. 2005.  288pp.  A book in Oxford’s series Studies in the History of Sexuality that addresses the place of explicitly erotic writing in early modern English culture and society, with a special emphasis on the relations between erotic writing and the politics of gender and national identity. 

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BOOKS, TRANSLATED:

Edition and translation of Antonio Vignali’s La Cazzaria, a sixteenth century Italian erotic dialogue, never before published in an English scholarly edition.  New York: Routledge: 2003.  181pp.

 

 

BOOKS, EDITED:

Editor:  Magic, Marriage, and Midwifery: Eroticism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Volume 39 in the series Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (ASMAR) Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2016.  171pp.

Editor:  Teaching Early Modern English Literature from the Archives, co-edited with Heidi Brayman Hackel.  New York: Modern Language Association, 2015. 274pp.

Editor: Reading and Literacy in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Volume 8 in the series Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (ASMAR) Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2004.  193pp.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS (refereed and peer-reviewed):

“The Manuscript Circulation of Erotic Poetry in Early Modern England” in The Cambridge Companion to Erotic Literature, ed. Bradford Mudge.  64-84.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

“As You Like It or What You Will:  Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Beccadelli’s Hermaphroditus” in Queer Shakespeare, ed. Goran Stanivukovic. 87-103.  New York: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2017.

“Monstrous Teardrops: The Materiality of Early Modern Affection” in Affective Economies and the Early Modern Stage, edited by Adam Zucker, Michelle Dowd, and Ronda Arab.  69-81.  New York: Routledge, 2015.

“Catching the Plague:  Love, Happiness, Health and Disease in Shakespeare” in Disability, Health, and Happiness in the Shakespearean Body, ed. Sujata Iyengar, 212-22.  New York: Routledge, 2015.

“The Way You Wear Your Hat: Sprezzatura in Classical Hollywood Cinema.” in The Renaissance: Revised, Expanded, Unexpurgated, ed. D. Medina Lasansky, 238-59.  New York: Periscope Publishing, 2014.

“Courtship, Sex, and Marriage” in the Ashgate Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England, ed. Andrew Hadfield and Matthew Dimmock. 133-47.  Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2014.

“Erotic Representation: 1500-1750” in The Routledge History of the Body and Sex in the West, 1500 to the Present, ed. Sarah Toulalan and Kate Fisher, 207-222.  New York: Routledge, 2013.

"Castiglione:  Love, Power, and Masculinity” in The Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain, ed. Gerry Milligan and Jane Tylus, 119-142. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010. 

“Whores as Shopkeepers:  Money and Sexuality in Aretino’s Ragionamenti” in Money, Morality, and Culture in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Diane Wolfthal and Juliann Vitullo, 71-86.  Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2010.

“‘Popu-love’: Sex, Love, and Sixteenth Century Print Culture,” in Literature and Popular Culture in Early Modern England, ed. Matthew Dimmock and Andrew Hadfield, 91-103.  Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2009.

“Who Painted the Lion?”: Women and Novelle,” in The Transatlantic Emergence of the Female Reader, 1500-1800, ed. Cathy Kelly and Heidi Brayman Hackel, 151-68.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.

“Sodomy and the Lash: Sexualized Satire in the Renaissance” in Living Dangerously: On the Margins in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Barbara A. Hanawalt and Anna Grotans, 113-135.  Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007.

“Fat Knight, or What You Will: Inimitable Falstaff” in A Companion to Shakespeare’s Works:  Volume III, The Comedies, ed. Richard Dutton and Jean E. Howard, 223-242.  New York: Blackwell, 2003. 

“The Illicit Worlds of the Renaissance,” in A Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance, ed. Guido Ruggiero, 491-505.  New York: Blackwell, 2002. 

“Arms and the Women: The Ovidian Eroticism of Harington’s Ariosto” in Ovid and the Renaissance Body, ed. Goran Stanivukovic, 111-126.  University of Toronto Press, 2001.

“Bawdy Politic: Renaissance Republicanism and the Discourse of Pricks,” Opening the Borders: Inclusivity and Early Modern Studies, Essays in Honor of James V. Mirollo. ed. Peter C. Herman, 225-242.  University of Delaware Press, 1999. 

"‘Printed Abroad and Uncastrated’:  Marlowe’s Elegies with Davies’ Epigrams,” in Marlowe, History, and Sexuality: New Critical Essays on Christopher Marlowe, ed. Paul White, 77-90.  New York: AMS Press 1998. 

 

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES (refereed and peer-reviewed)

 

“Introduction” to a Special Issue on “Sex Acts in the Early Modern World.”  Renaissance and Reformation, 38.4 (2015) co-edited by Vanessa McCarthy and Amyrose McCue Gill, 7-17.

“Modeling Female Sexuality in Early Modern Letter Books,” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 5 (2010), 229-234.

“In Praise of Touch: Mario Equicola and the Nature of Love,” Senses and Society 5.1 (March 2010): 119-30. 

“Crafty Whores:  The Moralizing of Aretino’s Dialogues” in ‘Reading in Early Modern England,’ guest editor Sasha Roberts; Critical Survey 12:2 (spring 2000): 88-105.

“Transmuted into a Woman or Worse: Masculine Gender Identity and Thomas Nashe's ‘Choice of Valentines’.” English Literary Renaissance 27.1 (Winter 1997): 57-88.  Reprinted in Thomas Nashe, Georgia Brown, ed. (Ashgate 2011).

“Stratford and Bayreuth: Anti-Commercialism, Nationalism, and the Religion of Art,” Litteraria Pragensia 6.12 (1996): 39-50.  Reprinted in After History, ed. Martin Prochazka, 117-132.  Prague: Charles University Press, 2007.

“‘A Monster Great Deformed’: The Unruly Masculinity of Richard III,” Shakespeare Quarterly 47.3 (Fall 1996): 251-68.  Reprinted in Shakespeare Criticism Yearbook 1996, and in the Norton Critical Edition of Richard III (ed. Thomas Cartelli, 2008), 383-400.

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 102Western Civ: Ancient&Med Euro
ENG 200Critical Reading & Writing/Lit
ENG 466Studies in International Film
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 102Western Civ: Ancient&Med Euro
COM 484Internship
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 102Western Civ: Ancient&Med Euro
ENG 321Shakespeare
COM 484Internship
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 102Western Civ: Ancient&Med Euro
ENG 365History of Film
COM 484Internship
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 102Western Civ: Ancient&Med Euro
HST 484Internship
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 102Western Civ: Ancient&Med Euro
ENG 303Classic Backgrnds: English Lit
COM 484Internship
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 102Western Civ: Ancient&Med Euro
ENG 303Classic Backgrnds: English Lit
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 401Principles of Technical Comm
TWC 446Technical & Scientific Reports
TWC 453Info/Comm Tech/Amer History
TWC 454Information Tech & Culture
TWC 501Prin of Tech Communication
TWC 546Technical & Scientific Reports
TWC 553Info/Comm Tech/Amer History
TWC 554Information Tech and Culture
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 221Survey of English Literature
ENG 303Classic Backgrnds: English Lit
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 303Classic Backgrnds: English Lit
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 221Survey of English Literature
ENG 303Classic Backgrnds: English Lit
REL 321Religion in America
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 321Religion in America
ENG 365History of Film
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
Presentations
  • Moulton, Ian. Love and Masculinity in The Book of the Courtier. The Manly Masquerade, at the Renaissance Society of America meetings, Miami (Mar 2007).
  • Moulton, Ian. The Universe (Which Others Call the Library). Teaching with Electronic Archive at the Renaissance Society of America Meetings (Mar 2006).
  • Moulton, Ian. Luigi Groto's Romeo and Juliet. Interdisciplinary Conference on Theater without Borders (May 2005).
  • Moulton, Ian. Slaves of Lacedemon: Shakespeare and Love. Lovers, Witches, and Wives at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (Oct 2004).
  • Moulton, Ian. Dialogues Pleasant and Unpleasant; or How Aretino became a Pornographer. conference on "Aretino and the Libertine Tradition" (May 2004).
  • Moulton, Ian. Sodomy and the Lash: Sexualized Satire in the Renaissance. Living Dangerously: On the Margins in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Feb 2002).
  • Moulton, Ian. Shakespeare Association of America Meetings
  • Moulton, Ian. Shakespeare and Elizabethan England. One-Hour Pesentation on Shakespeare and Elizabethan England
  • Moulton, Ian. Theater across Nations. Seminar at the Shakespeare Association Meetings
  • Moulton, Ian. Shakespeare and Machiavelli. Shakespeare Association of America Meetings
  • Moulton, Ian. Feminist Futures. Shakespeare Association Meetings
  • Moulton, Ian. What’s Love Got to Do with It? Love and Sexuality in Early Modern Studies. Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Colloquium
  • Moulton, Ian. Literacies/Identities in Early Modern England. Shakespeare Association of America Meetings
  • Moulton, Ian. Shakespeare and Elizabethan England. One-Hour Pesentation on Shakespeare and Elizabethan England
  • Moulton, Ian. Teaching Shakespeare with Film. Shakespeare Association of America Meetings
  • Moulton, Ian. Shakespeare and Southern Italy. Shakespeare Association of America Meetings
Editorships

Book Series Editor:  Late Medieval and Early Modern Studies:  Brepols.

Member of the Editorial Board:  Journal of the History of Sexuality.

Professional Associations

Shakespeare Association of America

Renaissance Society of America

Modern Language Association

Member of Les Enfants sans abri acting troupe, Sharon King, Director.

Service

 

Public Lectures:

Invited to lead Salon on “Eastern and Western Civilization” for Spirit of the Senses, Paradise Valley, May 4, 2017.

Led post-performance discussion on Scottsboro Boys at Phoenix Theater, April 5, 2017.

Taught outreach non-credit courses on Film Studies through ASU’s Osher Life-Long Learning Institute, September 2017, March 2017, Sept. 2016, Sept. 2015, Feb. 2015, October 2014.

Spoke on Shakespeare and The Merchant of Venice for 100 high school sophomores at Sunnyslope High School, Phoenix, March 16, 2017.

Invited to lead Salon on “Shakespeare and Power” for Spirit of the Senses, Paradise Valley, December 22, 2016.

Panelist in public discussions in CSRD’s Created Equal Film and Arts Series on Griffith’s Birth of a Nation (1915) and Parker’s Birth of a Nation (2016), Sept. 16 and Oct. 21, 2016.

Invited to lead Salon on “Machiavelli” for Spirit of the Senses, Paradise Valley, May 27, 2016.

Participated in panel discussion on various versions of Hamlet at the Folger Shakespeare Library First Folio Exhibit, University of Arizona, March 3, 2016.

Spoke on historical context of Shakespeare’s First Folio at opening Gala of the Folger Shakespeare Library First Folio Exhibit, University of Arizona, February 18, 2016.

NPR Interview for KJZZ on Shakespeare’s First Folio exhibit at the University of Arizona, February 11, 2016.

Acted in live performances of sixteenth-century French farces at the annual meeting of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Tempe, February 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008.  Farces translated by Sharon King, UCLA, who also directed the productions.

Invited to lead Salon on “The Influence of Past Civilizations” for Spirit of the Senses, Paradise Valley, January 23, 2016.

Gave public lecture on “Shakespeare’s Family Values” at Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ, January 13, 2016, as part of ACMRS public lecture series.

Gave public lecture on Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester at Phoenix Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation,” February 15, 2015.

Gave public lecture on “Courtesans of Venice: Veronica Franco, Angela Zaffetta, and Tullia d’Aragona” at Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ, January 8, 2014, as part of ACMRS public lecture series.

Gave public lecture on Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Thirty-Nine Steps at Phoenix Theater on September 14, 2013.

Gave public lecture on “Princesses, Courtesans, and Warrior Women: Italian Renaissance Women in Fantasy and Reality” at Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ, December 5, 2012, as part of ACMRS public lecture series.

Gave invited presentation “Shakespeare is There” on the cultural ubiquity of Shakespeare at the Institute for Humanities Research, ASU, November 2011.

Spoke on “Shakespeare and Place” in a symposium on “Shakespeare’s Places”: ASU Dept. of English, April 22, 2011.

 

Performances:

Acted in a live performance by Les Enfants sans abri of two sixteenth-century French farces, “St. Martin and the Peasant,” and “The Knight of Enchantment” at the conference “The Comic Supernatural,” UCLA, April 21-22, 2017.

Acted in live performances of sixteenth-century French farces by Les Enfants sans abri at the annual meeting of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Tempe, 2008-2017  Farces translated by Sharon King, UCLA, who also directed the productions.

Acted in a live performance by Les Enfants sans abri of two sixteenth-century French farces, “The Gallant,” and “Stricken” at the conference “Re/Creations: Text and Perforamance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, UCLA, April 2015.

 

Outreach Teaching:

Taught outreach non-credit courses on Film Studies through ASU’s Osher Life-Long Learning Institute, 2014-17

Taught outreach non-credit courses on Shakespeare through ASU’s Osher Life-Long Learning Institute, 2009-2014.