Lara Dodds,
Associate Professor and
Director of Graduate Studies

2304 Lee Hall
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS   39762

Lara Dodds
Professional Bio

Lara Dodds specializes in seventeenth-century literature, with a particular focus on Milton and on early modern women’s writing. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Milton, seventeenth-century British literature, and, occasionally, Shakespeare. In addition, she frequently teaches the first half of the British literature survey and Honors Composition II.  For the past three years, she has taught EN 8103, Research Methods in English, in which she enjoys introducing first year MA students to the challenges of academic research. Her current book project, Margaret Cavendish and Literary History, is Cavendish’s debts to English Renaissance Literature, with a particular focus on Cavendish’s critical appropriation of works by Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, and Milton.  She has also published essays on Milton and early modern literature and science.


Ph.D. 2004 Brown University
A.M. 1999 Brown University
B.A. 1997 DePauw University

Teaching Interests:

Milton, Early Modern British Literature, Early Modern Women’s Writing, Research Methods

Recent Courses:



Book:The Literary Invention of Margaret Cavendish

The Literary Invention of Margaret Cavendish.
Duquesne University Press. 2013.


Articles and Book Chapters

“ ‘To change in scenes and show it in a play’: Paradise Lost and the Stage Directions of Dryden’s The State of Innocence and The Fall of Man,” 36 pp. ms., forthcoming Restoration.

“Reading and Writing in Sociable Letters; Or, How Margaret Cavendish Read Her Plutarch,” 46 pp. ms., forthcoming English Literary Renaissance.

“’Poor Donne Was Out’”: Reading and Writing Donne Verse in the Poetry of William and Margaret Cavendish,” 53 pp. ms. forthcoming in John Donne Journal.

“ ‘Great things to small may be compared’: Rhetorical Microscopy in Paradise Lost.” Milton Studies 47 (2008):  96-117.

“Milton’s Other Worlds.” Uncircumscribed Minds: Reading Milton Deeply. Ed. Charles Durham and Kris Pruitt. Susquehanna University Press, 2008. 164-82.

 “Margaret Cavendish’s Domestic Experiment.” Genre and Women's Life Writing in Early Modern England. Ed. Michelle Dowd and Julie Eckerle. Ashgate Press, 2007.  151-68.

“ ‘Art and Fallacy’ or ‘the Naked Offer’?: Style and Science in Sir Thomas Browne’s        Pseudodoxia Epidemica.Prose Studies 29 (2006): 223-233.

Professional Honors and Awards