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Joanna M Picciotto

Associate Professor
D25F Hearst Field Annex
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jpicciotto@berkeley.edu


Specialties

Books

Title Fields
Photo_60x60 Devotion and Intellectual Labor
Editor of “Devotion and Intellectual Labor,” a special issue of The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 44.1 (2014)   ....
Picciotto_labors Labors of Innocence in Early Modern England
17th-century intellectuals discovered their idealized self-image in the Adam who investigated, named, and commanded the creatures in Eden.  Reinvented as the agent of innocent curiosity, Adam was central to the project of redefining contemplation as a productive, public labor.  Picciotto argues that practical efforts to restore paradise generated the modern concept of objectivity and ....

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Labors of Innocence in Early Modern England (Harvard University Press, 2010)

Editor of “Devotion and Intellectual Labor,” a special issue of The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 44.1 (2014)  

Essays

“The Republic of Letters and the Commonwealth of Learning,” in A Handbook of English Renaissance Studies, ed. John Lee, Wiley, forthcoming in 2017

“Implicit Faith and Reformations of Habit,” The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 46.3 (2016), special issue on Brad Gregory’s The Unintended Reformation (September 2016)

“Milton and the People,” in Milton in the Long Restoration, ed. Ann Baynes Coiro and Blair Hoxby, Oxford University Press (July 2016)

“Circumstantial Particulars, Particular Individuals, and Defoe,” in Reflections on Sentiment: Essays in Honor of George Starr, ed. Alessa Johns, University of Delaware Press, 2016

“Reforming the Garden: The Experimentalist Eden and Paradise Lost,” English Literary History 72 (1), Spring 2005 (winner of the James Holly Hanford Prize for Best Article of the Year from the Milton Society of America)

"Scientific Investigations" in A Concise Companion to Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature, ed. Cynthia Wall (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004)

"Optical Instruments and the 18th-century Observer," Eighteenth-Century Studies 29 2000

Reviews

Kathleen Crowther, Adam and Eve in the Protestant Reformation in Early Science andMedicine19.4 (2014): 369-372

“Early Modern Facts and Fictions” (review essay) in Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 44.2 (2014): 178-186

Joad Raymond, Milton’s Angels: The Early Modern Imagination in Church History 8:4 (2011): 927

“Investigating Early Modern Curiosity” (review essay) Clio 31.4 (2002): 423-35



Current Research

Work in Progress

Co-founding editor (with Katherine Craik, Lili Loofbourow, Simon Palfrey, and John Schad) of Bloomsbury’s “Beyond Criticism” series; titles commissioned include Judith Goldman, Blank Mount and Aaron Kunin, Character as Form

”“Scientific Prose,” commissioned for The Oxford Handbook of English Prose, 1640-1714 ed. Nicholas McDowell and Henry Power, Oxford University Press

“Methodist Toleration” commissioned for Imagining Religious Toleration: A Literary History of an Idea, 1600-1800, ed. David Alvarez and Alison Conway, University of Toronto Press

“Milton, Browne, and Deuteroscopy” commissioned for Milton and Science, ed. Catherine Gimelli Martin

   



Recent English Courses Taught