Berkeley English Lecturers and Postdocs

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

"'Friends, Romans, countrymen': Friendship and Flattery in Julius Caesar." Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. St. Louis, April 2014.

“Reading the ‘J.M.’: News from Hell and John Milton.” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting. Washington D.C., March 2012.

"Wordsworth's Epic Project: Planting and The Prelude." Berkeley-Stanford Conference. Berkeley, April 2010.


Current Research

My current research focuses on depictions of friendship in English Renaissance poetry, prose, and drama. I am particularly interested in the the notion, prevalent throughout classical antiquity as well as the Renaissance, that friendship is "rare." My dissertation, "Rare Friendship," focuses on the works of Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Mary Wroth to track friendship's complexity and evolution in the Elizabethan and Jacobean period.

English Department Classes

No recent courses taught.