James Grantham Turner

James Grantham Turner

James D. Hart Chair in English
Wheeler Hall, room 333
on leave but welcomes emails and can meet by appointment

Professional Statement

B.A. (1968), Cert.Ed., M.A., D.Phil. (1977) from Oxford University; taught at six British and US universities (Oxford, Sussex, Liverpool, Virginia, Northwestern, Michigan) before coming to Berkeley as Professor in 1990; currently holds the James D. Hart Chair. Fellowships include Guggenheim, NEH, and ACLS. 100-plus publications large and small since 1972. Invited lectures include keynote address to the Milton Society of America (1994) and the Charles Mills Gayley Lecture in this department (2001). Has served on the advisory board of PMLA, Eighteenth-Century Studies, ELH and Restoration, and contributed to the exhibitions "Art and Love in Renaissance Italy" (2008) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and "Love: the Art of Emotion" (2017) at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. In Spring 2013 he was Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. His book Eros Visible: Art, Sexuality and Antiquity in Renaissance Italy was published by Yale University Press in 2017 



Title Fields
Eros Visible: Art, Sexuality and Antiquity in Renaissance Italy Eros Visible: Art, Sexuality and Antiquity in Renaissance Italy
Focusing on the impact of the erotic revolution that swept through 16th-century Italy, Eros Visible presents a compendious, revisionist account of High Renaissance art. Through close visual analysis of artworks and careful reading of related texts, James Grantham Turner demonstrates the surprisingly close connection between explicitly pornographic art and the canonical works of masters such as Leo....
Schooling Sex: Libertine Literature and Erotic Education in Italy, France, and England 1534-1685 Schooling Sex: Libertine Literature and Erotic Education in Italy, France, and England 1534-1685
How did Casanova learn the `theory' of sex? Why did male pornographers write as intellectual women? What forms of sexuality emerged in the age of educational, scientific, and political revolution? To answer, Schooling Sex reconstructs the vivid and compelling `loose canon' of sexually-explicit literature, in Latin, Italian, French, and English....
Libertines and Radicals in Early Modern London: Sexuality, Politics and Literary Culture, 1630-1685 Libertines and Radicals in Early Modern London: Sexuality, Politics and Literary Culture, 1630-1685
A `Deluge of Libertinism' swept through England in the turbulent seventeenth century: class- and gender-relations went into deep crisis - and sexually-explicit literature took the blame. Turner reads Civil War and Restoration porno-political satire as an attempt to neutralize women's efforts to establish their own institutions and their own voice.....
One Flesh: Paradisal Marriage and Sexual Relations in the Age of Milton One Flesh: Paradisal Marriage and Sexual Relations in the Age of Milton
How did the myth of Adam and Eve affect historical understandings of sex and gender? Was sexuality the 'true Paradise' or the destroying serpent? These questions came to a head in Milton, torn between eroticism and hatred of the flesh, between patriarchal and egalitarian gender politics. Won the James Holly Hanford Award, 1988....
The Politics of Landscape: Rural Scenery and Society in English Poetry, l630-l660 The Politics of Landscape: Rural Scenery and Society in English Poetry, l630-l660
Artists, poets, agriculturalists and political theorists construct the imaginary countryside of England while the country itself, from landowner to peasant, tears itself apart in the Civil War. Awarded the Thomas J. Wilson Prize, l979....

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

see also "'Books"

Sexuality and Gender in Early Modern Europe: Institutions, Texts, Images, essays (edited) with an Introduction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)

Politics, Poetics and Hermeneutics in Milton's Prose, essays coedited with David Loewenstein (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990)

"The Visual Realism of Comenius," History of Education I (l972), pp. ll3-38

"The Structure of Henry Hoare's Stourhead," Art Bulletin LXI (l979), pp. 68-77

"Bunyan's Sense of Place," in V.E. Newey, ed., The Pilgrim's Progress: Critical and Historical Views (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, l980), pp. 9l-ll0

"The Sexual Politics of Landscape: Images of Venus in Eighteenth-Century English Poetry and Landscape Gardening," Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture XI (l982), pp. 343-64

"The Properties of Libertinism," Eighteenth Century Life IX, n.s. 3 (May 1985), pp. 75-87; reissued in Robert Purks Maccubbin, ed., 'Tis Nature's Fault: Unauthorized Sexuality during the Enlightenment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988)

"Pope's Libertine Self-fashioning," in David B. Morris, ed., Special Issue on Alexander Pope, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation XXIX (1988), pp. 123-44

"Lovelace and the Paradoxes of Libertinism," in Margaret Anne Doody and Peter Sabor, eds., Samuel Richardson: Tercentenary Essays (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), pp. 70-88

Introduction to Robert Paltock, The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins (1750), World's Classics edition (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1990)

"Novel Panic: Picture and Performance in the Reception of Richardson's Pamela," Representations XLVIII (Fall, 1994), pp. 60-84

"Pepys and the Private Parts of Monarchy," in Gerald MacLean, ed., Culture and Society in the Stuart Restoration: Literature, Drama, History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), pp. 95-110

""News from the New Exchange': Commodity, Erotic Fantasy, and the Female Entrepreneur," in Ann Bermingham and John Brewer, eds., The Consumption of Culture, 1600-1800: Image, Object, Text (London and New York: Routledge, 1995), pp. 419-39

"From Revolution to Restoration in English Literary Culture," in The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature, ed. David Loewenstein and Janel Mueller (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), pp. 790-833

""A Wanton Kind of Chase': Display as Procurement in A Harlot's Progress and its Reception," in Bernadette Fort and Angela Rosenthal, eds., The Other Hogarth: Aesthetics of Difference (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001), pp. 38-61. Book awarded the 2002-2003 Historians of British Art Prize for "best multi-authored/edited volume treating a topic on British visual culture from any period"

"Marcantonio's Lost Modi and their Copies," Print Quarterly XXI (2004), pp. 364-84

 "The Erotics of the Novel," in A Companion to the Eighteenth-Century English Novel and Culture, ed. Paula A. Backscheider and Catherine Ingrassia (Oxford and New York: Blackwell, 2005), pp. 214-34

"Libertine Literature Forty Years On: I, From Aretino to The School of Venus," The Book Collector LIV (2005), pp. 29-51

"Libertine Literature Forty Years On: II, Nicolas Chorier and His Emulators," The Book Collector LIV (2005), pp. 231-56

"Milton among the Libertines," in Christophe Tournu and Neil Forsyth, eds, Milton, Rights and Liberties (Berne: Peter Lang, 2007), pp. 447-60

"Libertinism and Toleration: Milton, Bruno and Aretino," in Elizabeth Sauer and Sharon Achinstein, eds, Milton and Toleration (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 107-25

"Caraglio's Loves of the Gods," Print Quarterly XXIV (2007), pp. 359-80 

"Profane Love: The Challenge of Sexuality," in Andrea Bayer, ed., Art and Love in Renaissance Italy, exhibition catalogue (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2008), pp. 178-84 

"Woodcut Copies of the Modi," Print Quarterly XXVI (2009), pp. 115-23 

"Copies after Caraglio's Loves of the Gods," Print Quarterly XXVII (2010), pp. 231-52

 “‘Romance’ and the Novel in Restoration England,” Review of English Studies LXII (2011), Advance Access publication April 28, 2011, pp. 1-28 

"`Great Agents for Libertinism': Rochester and Milton," in Religion, Culture and National Community in the 1670s, ed. Tony Claydon and Thomas N. Corns (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011), pp. 99-126

“Sexual Awakening As Radical Enlightenment: Arousal and Ontogeny in Buffon and La Mettrie,” in Shane Agin (ed.), Sex Education in Eighteenth-Century France, SVEC/ Studies in Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 2011.9 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2011), pp. 237-66

I Modi and Aretino: I, The ‘Toscanini Volume’ in Context,” The Book Collector LX (2011), pp. 559-70

“I Modiand Aretino: II, The ‘Toscanini Volume’ Re-examined,” ibid. LXI (2012),  pp. 38-54

“Hamlet’s Couplets,” in Russ McDonald, Nicholas Nace, and Travis Williams (eds), Shakespeare Up Close: Reading Early Modern Texts (London: The Arden Shakespeare, 2012), pp. 264-72, 362-3

“Invention and Sexuality in the Raphael Workshop: Before the Modi,” Art History XXXVI (2013), pp. 72-99

How Big Did She Say That Snake Was?  Teaching the Contradiction in Oroonoko,” in Mary Ann O’Donnell and Cynthia Richards (eds), Approaches to Teaching Behn’s Oroonoko (New York: Modern Languages Association, 2014), pp. 99-106

“Peruzzi and the Villa Farnesina Façade: Two Drawn Fragments Reconsidered,” Master Drawings LIII (2015), pp. 275-94



Current Research

A new multi-disciplinary history of sexuality post Foucault, exploring European literature (Classical through 18th century), social history, and art. Recent publications from the art project: "Invention and sexuality in the Raphael workshop" (in the journal Art History), "Peruzzi and the Villa Farnesina facade" (in the journal Master Drawings), Eros Visible: Art, Sexuality, and Antiquity in Renaissance Italy (Yale University Press). Work in progress: "The Palace of Venus: a new reconstruction of the Villa Farnesina in Rome."

Recent English Courses Taught

Spring, 2019
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
218/1 Milton Graduate Courses
Spring, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
45B/2 Literature in English: Late-17th Through Mid-19th Centuries Introductory Surveys
45B/201 -- discussion section Callender, Brandon
45B/202 -- discussion section Callender, Brandon
180R/1 The Romance Pre-1800 Requirement
Renaissance and Early Modern
Fall, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
117B/1 Shakespeare: Later Works Shakespeare
246D/1 Graduate Pro-seminar: Renaissance: Seventeenth-Century Literature, before the Restoration Graduate Courses

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