Professor Emeritus of English
Professor O’Connell received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1971. His central interests include Renaissance literature (Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton) and medieval and Renaissance drama. He is the author of: The Idolatrous Eye: Iconoclasm and Theater in Early Modern England (2000); Robert Burton (1986); Mirror and Veil: The Historical Dimension of Spenser's Faerie Queene (1977); and various articles on Spenser, Catullus, Petrarch, Milton, and Handel. Professor O'Connell is currently at work on a project about the relations between the late medieval theater and the Elizabethan stage.