James Bromley

James BromleyAssociate Professor
Associate Director, Literary London Program

Oxford Campus
375 Bachelor Hall


PhD, Loyola University Chicago–2007
MA, Loyola University Chicago
BA, Aquinas College

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama, poetry, and prose
  • History of sexuality and queer theory

Selected Publications

  • "Love and Friendship." A Handbook of English Renaissance Studies. Ed. John Lee. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. 29-42.
  • "Cruisy Historicism: Sartorial Extravagance and Public Sexual Culture in Ben Jonson's Every Man Out of His Humour." Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 16.2 (2016): 21-58.
  • "'Quilted with Mighty Words to Lean Purpose': Clothing and Queer Selfhood in The Roaring Girl."Renaissance Drama 43.2 (2015) 143-172.
  • Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England. Ed. James M. Bromley and Will Stockton. University of Minnesota Press, 2013.
  • Intimacy and Sexuality in the Age of Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • "Rimming the Renaissance," in Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England.
  • "Social Relations and Masochistic Sexual Practice in The Nice Valour,” Modern Philology 107.4 (2010): 556-587. Winner of the 2011 Martin Stevens Award for Best New Essay in Early Drama Studies from the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society.
  • "'Let It Suffise’: Sexual Acts and Narrative Structure in Hero and Leander." Queer Renaissance Historiography: The Backward Gaze. Ed. Stephen Guy-Bray, Vin Nardizzi, and Will Stockton. Burlington: Asghate, 2009. 67-84.
  • "'The Onely Way to Be Mad, Is to Bee Constant': Defending Heterosexual Non-monogamy in John Lyly’s Love's Metamorphosis.” Studies in Philology 106.4 (2009): 420-440.
  • "Intimacy and the Body in Seventeenth–Century Religious Devotion." Early Modern Literary Studies 11.1 (May 2005). http://purl.oclc.org/emls/11-1/brominti.htm

Grants and Awards

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2017-2018
  • Solmsen Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin, 2014-2015
  • Martin Stevens Award for the Best New Essay in Early Drama Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society, 2011

Work in Progress

Professor Bromley is currently working on Style, Subjectivity, and Male Sexuality in Early Modern English Literature, a book-length project about the intersection of queer sexualities, cultural geography, and early modern material culture.