Jason Powell, D.Phil

Associate Professor, Co-Director, Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies Program
Discipline Taught: English
Office: Merion Hall 184
Phone: (610) 660-3428
Email: jpowell@sju.edu


  • B.A., Trinity University (Texas), 1997
  • M.St., University College, Oxford University, 1999
  • D.Phil., University College, Oxford University, 2003

Professional Experience

General Fields of Professional Interest

English Literature of the Sixteenth Century

Renaissance Poetry and Prose

Literature and History

Archival Research


Manuscripts, Bibliography Textual Editing

Tudor Diplomacy and Literature

Pedagogical Style
My classes are designed to help students make their own discoveries about literature, history and culture through discussion in class and regular analytical writing activities outside of class. My Shakespeare courses often involve film clips and theater trips. My lower-division courses include group work, modeling exercises and workshops.

Other Information

Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities (academic year, 2008-2009); Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin (academic year, 2009-2010); Pantzer New Scholar, Bibliographical Society of America (2010); British Academy/Newberry Library Fellow (2 months, 2009/2010); Summer Grant Recipient, Saint Joseph’s University (2009); Franklin Grant Recipient, American Philosophical Society (2008/9); Pforzheimer Short-Term Fellow, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas (2008/9); W.M. Keck Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library (1 month, 2007/8); Huntington-British Academy Short-Term Fellow (2007); NEH Summer Stipend Recipient (2006); Recipient, Archie Grants for Faculty Research from Wake Forest University (2005, 2006); Participant, NEH Summer Institute, “The Handwritten Worlds of Early Modern England,” Folger Shakespeare Library (2005); also taught at Ithaca College and Wake Forest University

Courses Taught


  • The Craft of Language
  • Texts and Contexts
  • Early Works of Shakespeare
  • Later Works of Shakespeare
  • Writing Gender, Nation, and Self in Sixteenth-Century English Poetry
  • Writing and Tyranny: Henry VIII in Life and Legend


  • Historical Fictions, Writing Lives


Selected Publications

The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, II volumes, under contract with Oxford University Press.

Diplomacy and Authority from Dante to Shakespeare, collection co-edited with William T. Rossiter, under contract with Ashgate.

“Introduction” (with William T. Rossiter) forthcoming in Diplomacy and Authority from Dante to Shakespeare, under contract with Ashgate.

“Astrophil the Orator: Diplomacy and Diplomats in Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella” forthcoming in Diplomacy and Authority from Dante to Shakespeare, under contract with Ashgate.

“Scholars, Servants, Spies: William Weldon and William Swerder in England and Abroad” in Diplomacy and Early Modern Culture, eds. Robin Adams and Rosanna Cox (Palgrave, January 2011), 30-45.

“Line Omission in Prose Manuscripts, 1500-1700” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 104:4 (December 2010), 433-61.

“Marginalia, Authorship and Editing in the Manuscripts of Thomas Wyatt’s Verse” English Manuscript Studies, 1100-1700 15 (2009), ed. A.S.G. Edwards, 1-40.

“Editing Wyatts: Reassessing the Textual State of Sir Thomas Wyatt’s Poetry” Poetica, special issue, “Directions in Medieval Editing” 71 (2009), eds. A.S.G. Edwards and Takako Kato, 93-104.

“Thomas Wyatt and Francis Bryan: Plainness and Dissimulation” in The Oxford Handbook to Tudor Literature, 1485-1603 (Oxford, 2009), eds. Cathy Shrank and Mike Pincombe, 187-202.

“’For Caesar’s I am’: Henrician Diplomacy and Representations of King and Country in Thomas Wyatt’s Poetry” The Sixteenth Century Journal 36:2 (Summer 2005), 415-31.

“Thomas Wyatt’s Poetry in Embassy: Egerton 2711 and the Production of Literary Manuscripts Abroad” Huntington Library Quarterly 67:2 (July 2004), 261-82.

“Thomas Wyatt’s Ivy Seal” Notes and Queries 54:3 (September 2007).

“Puttenham’s Arte of English Poetry and Thomas Wyatt’s Diplomacy” Notes and Queries 52:2 (June 2005), 174-6.

“Thomas Wyatt and the Emperor’s Bad Latin” Notes and Queries 49:2 (June 2002), 207-209.

Book reviews in Notes and Queries, Renaissance Quarterly and Reformation.

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