Dan Breen

Dan Breen

Associate Professor, Department of English
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Classical Studies
Faculty, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Specialty:Late Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Phone:(607) 274-1014
Office:302 Muller Faculty Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Ph.D. Duke University (2006)

M.A. Yale University (1999)

B.A. University of Connecticut (1998)

Dan Breen studies late medieval and early modern writing and is particularly interested in the literature and historiography of the English Reformations; church history in England and in Western Europe between 1400 and 1700; Shakespeare; and the medieval chronicle.  He joined the English Department at Ithaca College in 2005, and teaches surveys of Shakespeare and of English Renaissance literature, as well as genre courses on poetry and drama.  Dan is the organizer of the Ithaca College Medieval and Renaissance Studies Colloquium, an interdisciplinary faculty seminar that meets once a month to discuss and present research on the history, literature, and culture of the European Middle Ages and Renaissance.  Current projects include an article-length essay on Marlowe's Edward II and its poetic critique of humanist historiography, and another on John Skelton's early poem The Bowge of Court.

Dan is also working on a book manuscript entitled "Making the Past: History, Literature, and Authorship in Tudor England."  The argument aims to offer an account of the gradually evolving relationship between history writing and poetry over the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and to suggest that the term “historian” begins to develop coherence as a discrete authorial identity in part because of the ways in which writers of histories are constructed and represented in poetic and “fictional” texts.  In discussions of Skelton, More, Bale, and Sidney, “Making the Past” asserts that literature and historiography played active parts in shaping Tudor political and confessional conflicts, and that these conflicts in turn helped shape the ways in which poets and historians understood their work.


For full syllabi, please see the "Documents" link above.

Fall 2019:  ENGL 271 Renaissance Literature; ENGL 311 Dramatic Literature I: The Comic and the Tragic; ENGL 400 Capstone in English

Spring 2019:  ENGL 311 Dramatic Literature I: The Comic and the Tragic; ENGL 400 Capstone in English

Fall 2018: ENGL 201 Approaches to Literary Study; ENGL 311 Dramatic Literature I: The Comic and the Tragic;

Selected Publications:

"Redeeming the Sonnet Sequence: Desire and Repentance in Fulke Greville's Caelica," Sidney Journal 35 (2017): 141-163.

“Shakespeare and History Writing,” Literature Compass 14 (2017) e12376, 1-10, doi: 10.111/lic3.12376.

“The Resurrected Corpus: History and Reform in Bale’s Kynge Johan.”  In Renaissance Retrospections: Tudor Views of the Middle Ages, ed. Sarah Kelen.  Kalamazoo (MI): Medieval Institute Publications, 2013, 16-36.

Internet Resources:

Literature Compass: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1741-4113


School of Humanities and Sciences  ·  201 Muller Center  ·  Ithaca College  ·  Ithaca, NY 14850  ·  (607) 274-3102  ·  Full Directory Listing