Dennis Britton

Office: English, Hamilton Smith Hall Rm 349L, Durham, NH 03824

My research interests include early modern English literature (especially the literature of William Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser), Protestant theology, critical race theory, and the history of emotion. I am the author of Becoming Christian: Race, Reformation, and Early Modern English Romance (2014), and coeditor with Melissa Walter of Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study: Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies (2018). I am also the coeditor with Kimberly Coles of a special issue of the journal Spenser Studies on "Spenser and Race." I am currently working on two books, Shakespeare and Pity: Feeling Human Difference on the Early Modern Stage, and Reforming Ethiopia: African-Anglo Relations in Protestant England.


  • Ph.D., English, University of Wisconsin
  • M.A., English, University of Wisconsin
  • B.A., University of Southern California

Research Interests

  • Drama
  • Epic poetry
  • Islam
  • Protestant Reformation
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Renaissance literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Theology

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 401: First-Year Writing
  • ENGL 419: Writing about Literature
  • ENGL 511: Tudors:Sex,Politics & Lit
  • ENGL 512: British Lit I Age of Heroes
  • ENGL 513W: British Lit II Age of Rev
  • ENGL 620: English Major Internship
  • ENGL 657: Shakespeare
  • ENGL 693: Special Topics in Literature
  • ENGL 787: English Major Seminar
  • ENGL 958: Sem/Study in Shakespeare

Selected Publications

Britton, D. A., & Walter, M. (2017). Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies. Routledge Studies in Shakespeare.

Britton, D. A. (2014). Becoming Christian. Fordham University Press. doi:10.5422/fordham/9780823257140.001.0001