Trent University, BA Hons
University of Toronto, MA, PhD

I specialize in Renaissance poetry and queer theory. I have written three monographs and numerous articles and book chapters and co-edited three essay collections. I am currently writing a book on poetic paraphrase and essays on mid 17th-century poetry and on Renaissance women and textual production. I am also finishing an edition of George Peele’s The Old Wives Tale and beginning a co-written book on Milton’s early verse.

I am happy to work with students in Renaissance literature (especially poetry), poetics, and gender studies.

Selected Publications

  • ‘Remembering to Forget: Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 35” and Sigo’s “XXXV.”’ In Sexuality and Memory in Early Modern England: Literature and the Erotics of Recollection, ed. John S. Garrison and Kyle Pivetti. Forthcoming from Routledge.
  • ‘Queer Studies.’ In Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Poetry, ed. Catherine Bates. Forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell.
  • ‘”Fellowships of Joy”: Angelic Union in Paradise Lost.’ Early Modern Culture 10 (May 2014) http://emc.eserver.org/1-10/guy-bray.pdf
  • ‘Animal, Vegetable, Sexual: Metaphor in Donne’s “Sappho to Philaenis” and Marvell’s “The Garden.”’ In Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England, ed. James M. Bromley and Will Stockton. 195-212. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.
  • ‘Source.’ In Early Modern Theatricality, ed. Henry S. Turner. 133-50. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • ‘No Present.’ In Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture, ed. Ben Davies and Jana Funke. 38-52. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
  • Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze. Co-edited with Vin Nardizzi and Will Stockton. Farnham UK: Ashgate, 2009.
  • Against Reproduction: Where Renaissance Texts Come From. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.
  • ‘”Unknowne mate”: Sidney, Motion, and Sexuality.’ Sidney Journal 26 (2008): 35-56.
  • ‘Shakespeare and the Invention of the Heterosexual.’ Early Modern Literary Studies 13.2 (2007) http://extra.shu.ac.uk/emls/si-16/brayshks.htm