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Achsah Guibbory

Ann Whitney Olin Professor of English

Achsah Guibbory, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of English, joined the faculty of Barnard in 2004, after teaching at the University of Illinois for many years. At Barnard, her teaching specialties include Milton, Donne, seventeenth-century literature and nation-formation, and Christian/Jewish relations and religious identities in the early modern period. She is affiliated with Barnard's Medieval and Renaissance studies program. Her book, Christian Identity, Jews, and Israel in Seventeenth-century England, has been just published by Oxford University Press (fall 2010). The research for this book was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship (2002) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008). Her other publications include Ceremony and Community from Herbert to Milton (Cambridge University Press, 1998), The Cambridge Companion to John Donne (2006), and numerous journal articles and book chapters on seventeenth-century literature and culture.

Her scholarship and teaching have been recognized with a number of awards, including the Harriet and the Charles Luckman Undergraduate Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Illinois, awards from the John Donne Society for distinguished article of the year ("Oh let me not serve so': The Politics of Love in Donne's Elegies," in ELH, 1990), and for mentoring young scholars (2009), and, most recently, an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Iona College (2010).

Professor Guibbory has served as president of both the Milton Society of America and the John Donne Society.

Selected Publications

The Map of Time: Seventeenth-Century English Literature and Ideas of Pattern in History (Urbana, 1986)

Ceremony and Community from Herbert to Milton: Literature, Religion, and Cultural Conflict in Seventeenth-Century English Literature (Cambridge, 1998; paper 2006)

The Cambridge Companion to John Donne (Cambridge, 2006)

Academic Focus: 

Seventeenth-century literatures and culture
Religious history and interfaith relations (particularly in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries)
Religion and national identity


(page last updated 9/4/2013)


408B Barnard Hall

Office Hours: 

Fall 2013
T 3-4,
W 3-4:30 & by appt.


Ph.D., M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Indiana University

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Christian Identity, Jews, and Israel in 17th-Century England is a cultural history of seventeenth-century England. It assesses the complexity and fluidity of Christian identity from the reign of Elizabeth I and the early Stuart kings through the English Revolution, and into the Restoration, when the English Church and monarchy were restored.