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Margaret Simon

Asst Professor

Department of English


Dr. Simon focuses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, material cultures, history of the emotions, and the history and literary representation of early modern writing practices. She received her PhD from the University of Virginia and subsequently taught early modern literature and book history in the English department and the interdisciplinary History of Text Technologies program at Florida State University. She joined NC State’s English department as an assistant professor in 2013.

Dr. Simon’s most recent research concerns materiality and comparative media studies, looking to how early modern printed texts rendered objects in language and graphic technologies, as well as their resonance with today’s digital, and particularly three-dimensional, archives. In pursuing these relations, Dr. Simon also works across a range of scholarly communications formats, from print to digital to fabricated forms. At NC State, Dr. Simon teaches courses including early modern literature, women’s writing, and the contemporary graphic novel. She also directs the department’s Honors Program.

Research Publications

Recent and Forthcoming Peer-Reviewed Articles and Projects

“Rest and Rhyme in Thomas Campion’s Poetry.” Forming Sleep: Representing Consciousness in the English Renaissance, edited by Margaret Simon and Nancy L. Simpson-Younger. Penn State University Press (forthcoming May 2020).

“Access, Touch, and Human Infrastructures in Digital Pedagogy,” Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by Anne McGrail, Angel David Nieves, and Siobhan Senier. University of Minnesota Press (forthcoming 2021).

With Helen Burgess. ” Intimate Fields: A Kit for E-Literature.” MatLit- Materialities of Literature. Vol. 6 No. 2 (2018): 203-216.

“Glossing Authorship: Printed Marginalia in Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum,” Renaissance Papers 2017: 125-137.

“Re-Reading Mary Wroth’s Aubade.” Sidney Journal. 36.1(2018): 53-68.

“Collaborative Writing and Lyric Interchange in Philip Sidney’s Old Arcadia.” Early Modern Literary Studies. 19.2 (Fall 2017).

Intimate Fields.” Installation co-created with Helen Burgess. Kits for Cultural History. Vol. 4. University of Victoria: Maker Lab in the Humanities (July 2017).

“Collective Reading and Communities of Practice: Teaching Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home.” Transformations: A Journal of Inclusive Pedagogy. 26.2 (2016): 139-156.

The Posy as Poetical Fugitive.” thresholds: a digital journal for criticism  (May 2017).

“Mary Wroth’s Ephemeral Epitaph.” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. 56.1 (Winter 2016): 45-69.

“Generic Feints and Affecting Forms in Gascoigne’s The Adventures of Master F.J.” Renaissance Papers 2013 (Winter 2014): 43-54.

“Refraining Songs: The Dynamics of Form in Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella.” Studies in Philology 109.1 (Winter 2012): 86-102.

Book-Length Projects

Forming Sleep: Representing Consciousness in the English Renaissance, edited by Margaret Simon and Nancy L. Simpson-Younger. Penn State University Press (forthcoming May 2020).

“Open Books: Multi-Materiality and the English Renaissance Codex” (monograph in progress)


Recent and Upcoming Conference Presentations 

Host Committee Co-Chair, Southeastern Renaissance Conference. North Carolina State University (October 2019).

Rountable Participant, Teaching and Researching the Early Modern with Digital Tools. Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canda (March 2019).

“Sleep Cycles and Writing Cycles in Thomas Campion’s Poetry.” Renaissance Society of America America Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada (March 2019).

“Changing the Focus of Transcription.” Transcribing and Interpreting Digital Recipe Manuscripts. Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA (March 2018).

“Early Modern 3D: Woodcuts as Models for Today’s 3D Archives,” Imagined Forms: Models and Material Culture. University of Delaware Center for Material Culture Studies, Wilmington, DE (November 2017).

“Intimate Fields,” presented by Helen Burgess (PI). Printable Pedagogy and 3D Theses. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. New York, NY (January 2018)

“Glossing Authorship: Printed Marginalia in Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum.” Southeastern Renaissance Conference. Columbia, SC (October 2017)

“Teaching, Touching, and Transcribing Digitized Manuscripts.” The Present and Future of Digital Manuscript Studies. UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth- Cenury Studies. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. Los Angeles, CA (October 2017)

“The Phenomenality of Digital Transcription.” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (March 2017)

Seminar Participant. “Material Texts and Digital Interfaces.” Shakespeare  Association of America Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA (April 2017)

Seminar Organizer, with Nancy Simpson-Younger (Luther College). “Sleeping Through the Renaissance.” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (March 2016)

Seminar Participant. “New Histories of Embodiment.” Organizer: Gail Kern Paster. Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC (April 2015)

“Pamphilia Asleep Among the Philosophers.” South-Central Renaissance Society Conference. Raleigh, NC (March 2015)


B.A. English and French University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

M.A. Comparative Literature University of Wisconsin, Madison

Ph.D. English Language and Literature University of Virginia