Paula Loscocco writes mostly about John Milton and early women writers. She teaches courses in early modern and eighteenth-century literature, classical and biblical traditions, composition, and English teaching and careers. Her current research explores the writing life in Milton, Katherine Philips, Phillis Wheatley and Mary Montagu.


B.A., Smith College
Ph.D., Boston College


“‘You who in your selves do comprehend all’: Notes Toward a Study of Queer Union in Katherine Philips and John Milton.” Women’s Writing 23 (2016).  Reprinted in Marie-Louise Coolahan and Gillian Wright, ed.  Katherine Phillips: Form, Reception and Literary Contexts (Routledge, 2018).  https://www.routledge.com/products/9780815362029

Phillis Wheatley’s Miltonic Poetics. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

“‘You do not know me’: Reading and Rights in Mansfield Park.” In Marcia Folsom and John Wiltshire, ed., Teaching Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature (MLA, 2014), 223-32.

“Royalist Reclamation of Psalmic Song in 1650s England.” Renaissance Quarterly 64 (2011): 500-43.

Katherine Philips (1631/32-1664): Printed Works 1651-1729. 3 vols. Ashgate, 2007.

“Inventing the English Sappho: Katherine Philips’ Donnean Poetry.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 102 (2003): 59-87.  Reprinted with new introduction in David L. Orvis and Ryan Singh Paul, ed., The Noble Flame of Katherine Philips (Duquesne UP, 2015), 153-86.

“‘Not Less Renown’d Than Jael’: Heroic Chastity in Samson Agonistes.” Milton Studies 40 (2001): 181-200.

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