The Aesthetics of Violence: Art, Fiction, Drama, Film. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. 196 pages.  

Terrorism Before the Letter: Mythography and Political Violence in England, Scotland and France, 1559-1642. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 288 pages.

Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption. London: Zero Books, 2014. 251 pages.

Dishing It Out: In Search of the Restaurant Experience. London: Reaktion Books, 2011.  285 pages. Translated Edition, with Preface by Carlo Petrini : De Gustibus : Storia culturale della ristorazione. Bologna: Odoya, 2012.

Aguecheek’s Beef, Belch’s Hiccup, and Other Gastronomic Interjections: Literature, Culture, and Food Among the Early Moderns. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.  376 pages. Winner of the 2007 Roland H. Bainton Award.

Envisioning an English Empire: Jamestown and the Making of the North Atlantic World. Editor, with John Wood Sweet. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.  368 pages.

Literature and Utopian Politics in Seventeenth-Century England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. 256 pages.

Books in progress

The Renaissance Discovery of Violence, from Boccaccio to Shakespeare

Editor, A Cultural History of Myth in the Renaissance (1450‒1650), for Bloomsbury Series: A Cultural History of Myth, 6 volumes, general editors Eric Ziolkowski and Robert A. Segal

Peer-reviewed journals and symposia volumes:

‘Is economic inequality also a literary problem’, Introduction and editor, with Roberto del valle Alcalá, special issue of Studia Neophilologica, forcoming 2020.

‘The Aesthetics of Terrorism and the Temporalities of Representation’, Contemporary Aesthetics (8000 words), forthcoming

‘Shakespeare and the Concepts of Fear’, Actes Des Congrès De La Société Française Shakespeare, 2018.

‘Fast Food, Happiness, and the Misery of Behavioural Science’, Journal for Cultural Research 21.2 (2017): 169-189.

‘Anything is possible!’: MasterChef, World-Wide Illusion´, in Food and Communication (Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery), ed. Mark McWilliams (Devon: Prospect Books, 2016): 35-43.

‘Disaster and the Response of Art in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale’, Leaves 1 Après la terreur/After Terror (2015):358-72.

‘Shakespeare and Terrorism’, Criticism 57.1 (2015): 23-46.

‘Hamlet and Violence’, New Pilgrimage: Selected Papers from the IAUPE Beijing Conference in 2013, Tsinghua University Press (2014): 30-47.

‘Sunken Treasure: The Cultural Meaning of Austerity’, symploke, 22.1-2 (2014), 77-95.

‘Fantasias of Terrorism’, Journal for Cultural Research 18.2 (2014), 99-113.

‘”Lawful as Eating”: Art, Life and Magic in The Winter’s Tale,’ Shakespeare Studies 42 (2014): 32-41.

*‘Judith Dines Alone, from the Bible to Du Bartas’, Modern Philology 111.4 (2014), 683-710.

‘Notes Toward an Aesthetics of Violence’, Studia Neophilologica, 85.2 (2013), 1-14.

‘The Return of Traditional Food”: A Conference Report’, Hospitality and Society 3.1 (2013), 67-73.

‘Celebrating Solitude: M.F.K. Fisher on Dining Alone’, in Celebrations (Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery), ed. Mark McWilliams (Devon: Prospect Books, 2012), 23-30.

‘The Comestible Commodity, Subject of History’, Clio 39.2 (2010), 213-26.

‘Food Fuss in London’, International Literary Quarterly 6 (February 2009)

‘New Worlds’, Clio, 38.1 (2008), 61-74.

‘The Civility of Eating’, Food and Morality, ed. Susan Friedland  (Devon: Prospect Books, 2008), 29-38.

‘Terrorism and the Novel, 1970-2001’, Poetics Today 29.3 (2008), 387-436.

‘Milton, the Gunpowder Plot, and the Mythography of Terror’, Modern Language Quarterly: A Journal of Literary History, 68.4 (2007), 461-93.

‘Rhetoric and Epistemology in Early Printed Recipe Collections’, Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies  3.2 (2003), 1-35.

 ‘Eve’s and Adam’s Apple: Horticulture, Taste, and the Flesh of the Forbidden Fruit in Paradise Lost’, Milton Quarterly, 36.4 (2002), 221-39.

‘Newe Bokes of Cookerie’, Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 1.1 (2001),128-43.

‘Belch’s Hiccup: Disturbances of the Appetite in Twelfth Night’, Textus 13 (2000), 231-62.

‘Aguecheek’s Beef’, Textual Practice 14.2 (2000), 327-41.

‘War and Peace in The Lepanto of James VI and I’, Modern Philology 97.3 (2000), 333‑65.

‘O Power’: Gerrard Winstanley and the Limits of Communist Poetics’, Prose Studies, 22.1 (1999), 39-58.

‘Anti-geography’, Early Modern Literary Studies, Special Issue on Literature and Geography, 4.2. (1998),12.1-17:

‘AIDS, Death, and the Analytic Frame’, (co-writer with Rebecca Bauknight), Free Associations: Psychoanalysis, Groups, Politics, Culture, 41(1998), 81-100.

‘Standing to the Wall’: The Pressures of Masculinity in Romeo and Juliet’, Shakespeare Quarterly, 48.3 (1997), 251-72.

‘Tip-toeing to the Apocalypse: Herbert, Milton, and the Modern Sense of Time’, George Herbert Journal 19.1-2 (1996), 27-54.

‘Utopian Dubrovnik, 1659: An English Fantasy’, Utopian Studies 7.1 (1996), 65-92.

‘The Imaginary Imaginary Voyage: Richard Brome’s The Antipodes’, in Viaggi in Utopia, ed. Raffaella Baccolini, Vita Fortunati, and Nadia Minerva (Ravenna: Longo Editore, 1996), 143-52

Book Chapters

‘Dualism in the Political Writings of Fulke Greville’, in Precarious Identities: Studies in the Work of Fulke Greville and Robert Southwell, ed. Vassiliki Markidou and Afroditi-Maria Panaghis, London: Routledge, 8000 words, in press

‘Early Modern Terrorism’, in Critical Concepts: Terrorism, ed. Peter C. Herman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 36-52.

‘The Literature of Terrorism in Europe, to 1642’, Critical Concepts: Terrorism, ed. Peter C. Herman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 177-96.

Timon of Athens’ and ‘Comedy of Errors’ In The Definitive Shakespeare Companion, ed. Joseph Rosenblum, 4 volumes, Revised Second Edition. (Westport:Greenwood Press, 2017), 24,000 words.

‘Existential Disgust: Sartre and Nausea’. Cambridge Companion to Food and Literature. Ed. Gitanjali G Shahani (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 130-46.

‘Honour Eating: Frank Lestringant, Michel de Montaigne, and the Physics of Symbolic Exchange’, in To Feast On Us As Their Prey: Cannibalism in the Early Modern Atlantic, ed. Rachel Hermann. University of Arkansas Press, 2019, 153-74.

‘Flowing or Pumping? The Blood of the Body Politic in Burton, Harvey, and Hobbes.’ The Cultural Politics of Blood 1500-1900, ed. Kimberley Anne Coles et. al. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015),171-90.

‘Utopia and Utopianism’, in The Oxford Handbook to English Prose, 1500-1640, ed. Andrew Hadfield (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 253-67.           

‘Food’, in Ben Jonson in Context, ed. Julie Sanders (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 314-21.         

‘Genres utopiques en Angleterre, 1516-1640’, in Histoire transnationale des utopies littéraires

 et de l’utopisme, ed. Vita Fortunati and Raymond Trousson (Paris: Champion, 2008), 231-38

Comedy of Errors’,Timon of Athens’, ‘Sonnets 71, 94, 147’, In Greenwood Companion to Shakespeare, ed. Joseph Rosenblum, 4 volumes (Westport:Greenwood Press, 2005). 30,000 words

‘Hunger in Early Virginia: Indians and English Facing Off Over Excess, Want, and Need’, Envisioning an English Empire, ed. Robert Appelbaum and John Wood Sweet (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), 195-217

 ‘War and Peace in The Lepanto’. In Reading Monarchs Writing, ed. Peter Herman (Tempe, AZ: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 2002).


Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History and Elements of Surprise: Our Mental Limits and the Satisfactions of Plot, Studia Neophilologica (2018),

Culinary Shakespeare: Staging Food and Drink in Early Modern England. Modern Philology,115.3 (2018): 149-153.

The Values of Literary Studies and The Value of the Novel. Studia Neophilologica,  88.2 (2016): 240-246

Treacherous Faith: The Spectre of Heresy in Early Modern Literature and Culture. Studia Neophilologica 97.2 (2015) 236-243

One Dinner Too Far: Posh and The Riot Club, The Baffler, 20 January, 2015.

What Is a Classic? Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon. Times Higher Education, 23 January 2014.

Political Gastronomy: Food and Authority in the English Atlantic World. Journal of British Studies 52.3 (2013): 760-62.

The Omnivorous Mind. Times Higher Education, 14 June, 2012.

Utopia. Norton Critical Edition. Third Edition. Renaissance and Reformation 33.4 (2010), 130-33.

The Canon: Political Shakespeare. Times Higher Education, 4 November 2010.

Pomodoro! A History of the Tomato in Italy. Times Higher Education, 7 October, 2010.

The Meaning of Cooking. Times Higher Education, 9 September 2010.

Cake: A Global History, Times Higher Education, 12 August 2010.

The Rhetoric of Terror: Reflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror, Times Higher Education, 4 February 2010.

The Italian Way: Food and Social Life. Times Higher Education, 5 November, 2009.

A Revolution in Taste, Times Higher Education, 13 August 2009.

The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi, Times Higher Education, Book of the Week 19 March 2009

Islam and Early Modern English Literature, MLQ, 70.3, (2009) 387-390.

Empires of the Atlantic World, in Historian 70.1 (2008), 186-188.

Taste: A Literary History, in Food, Culture, and Society, 10.1 (2007), 151-53.

Milton and the Ends of Time, Clio 34.3 (2005), 381-85.

The Kingdom of Science: Literary Utopianism and British Education, 1612-1870, Cithara: Essays in the Judeo-Christian Tradition (2006).

Defending Literature in Early Modern England, in Modern Philology, 102.3 (2005), 17-20

The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Literature, EMLS 7.2 (2001)

Robinson Crusoe, Myths and Metamorphoses, in Utopian Studies, 8.1 (1997)

Inwardness and Theater in the English Renaissance, Early Modern

Literary Studies 1.2 (1995)

An Empire Nowhere: England, America, and Literature from ‘Utopia’ to ‘The Tempest’,Utopian Studies 5.1 (1994)


‘Victory Walk’, a short story, Side Show 97 (El Cerrito: Somersault Press, 1996)

‘California Story’, Fiction International 27.2 (1995)

‘Hansel and Gretel’ (A New Version), Nobodaddies: A Journal of Pirated Narratives 1.2 (1994)

‘Morte d’auteur’, Fiction International 25.1 (1993)


‘The Looking Glass’, New Orleans Review February 2016 

‘The Joys of Consumption’, The Baffler 03 July 2015.

‘Nausea in the UK’, The Baffler 19 May 2015.

‘Down with Dynamism’, The Baffler 12 May 2015.

‘A Work in Progress’, The Baffler, 5 March 2015.

‘The Merchants of Europe’, 24 February, The Baffler, 2015. French translation, ‘Grèce. Les marchands de l’Europe’, Courrier international. 12-18 March, 2015 :12-13.

‘Trashing the University of Athens’ The Baffler, 11 February, 2015.

‘Anarchy in Exarchia’, The Baffler, 4 February, 2015.

‘Democracy in Greece, for Now’, The Baffler, 26 January, 2015.

‘Sandwich, Inc.’ The Baffler, 18 December 2014.

‘Out of Hand, or Hand to Mouth?’ The Baffler 12 November, 2014.

‘Indignation Nation,’ The Baffler, 17 October, 2014.

Hack Attack Goes to Hollywood’, The Baffler, 17 September, 2014.

‘Monopolies and Kindly Octopi’, The Baffler, 2 September, 2014.

‘The Gunpowder Plot (1605)’, Oxford Bibliographies: British and Irish Literature.

‘From Where I Sit: Beyond Consumer-tourism in the Rainbow Nation’, Times Higher Education, 15 May, 2014.

‘From Where I Sit: Jagged Edges Slow Development’, Times Higher Education, 27 March, 2014.

‘From Where I Sit: ‘A Chance to Make a Difference’, Times Higher Education, 23 January, 2014

‘From Where I Sit: ‘Muse of Fire Burns Out’, Times Higher Education, 19 December, 2013.

‘From Where I Sit: ‘Sweden Drops Language of Competition’, Times Higher Education, 14 November, 2013.

‘From Where I Sit: ‘Cultural Resolution’, Times Higher Education, 19 September 2013.

‘From Where I Sit: ‘Marks of Invidious Distinction’, Times Higher Education, 1 August, 2013.

‘From Where I Sit: ‘Blinkered Belief Systems’, Times Higher Education, 13 June, 2013.

‘From Where I Sit: ‘Accelerated Learning’, Times Higher Education, 23 May, 2013.

‘From Where I Sit: ‘Critical Distance, But Not Too Far’, Times Higher Education, 25 April, 2013.

‘From Where I Sit: ‘Consensus on Diversity’, Times Higher Education,14 March, 2013.

‘From Where I Sit: ‘Present Harms’, Times Higher Education, 7 February, 2013.

‘From Where I Sit: ‘The Unkindest Cuts’, Times Higher Education, 20 December 2012.

‘From Where I Sit: ‘Invention of Wholesome Tradition’. Times Higher Education, 6 September 2012.

‘From Where I Sit: ‘Do the Rite Thing’. Times Higher Education, 26 July 2012 .

‘From Where I Sit: ‘The Happiness Index’. Times Higher Education, 10 May 2012. 

‘From Where I Sit: ‘Stockholm Syndrome’. Times Higher Education, 8 March 2012.

‘Turntable Revolution’. Times Higher Education. 7 January, 2010.

‘Literary Terror.’  Program notes for Royal Shakespeare Company performance of Speaking Like Magpies, by Frank McGuinness, Stratford-upon-Avon, September-November 2005.