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Bill Blake

Assistant Professor of English , Drama ; Adviser for Dramatic Literature

Ph.D. 2011 (Literary and Cultural Studies), M.A. 2005, Carnegie Mellon University; B.A. 2003 (English), University of Toronto

Office Address: 

244 Greene Street, room 605 New York, NY 10003

Office Hours: 

Wednesdays 9:00-12:00 and by appointment





Areas of Research/Interest: 

17th- and 18th-century British literature and cultural history; theater history; wartime and postwar cultures; public arts controversies; humanities computing; text mining

External Affiliations:

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies; Modern Languages Association


Bill Blake received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 2003, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 and 2011. He has taught courses on early modern English literature and culture, Restoration drama, theater history, and digital research methods. His work has appeared in The Chronicle Review, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, and Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700. Since 2009, he has been part of a Mellon-funded research collaborative studying the transatlantic diffusion of English print genres in Early English Books Online and Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Before teaching at NYU, Blake was a lecturer of early modern literature and Director of Literary and Linguistic Computing in the English department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

His current book project, Poetic Service: Soldier Playwrights, Public Honor, and the Making of Liberal Arts Culture, 1660-1737, explores how the pressures of wartime and postwar cultural crisis in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Britain—the English Civil War, Glorious Revolution, and imperialist wars with France and Spain—led to the formation of a newly liberalized public arts culture centered around the personal, institutional, and discursive contributions of more than 150 soldiers-playwrights linked by their shared ethic of public honor and an emerging concept of cultural service


ASECS/Clark Library Fellowship, Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010; Mellon-Funded Summer Resident, Warwick-Newberry Workshop on Early Modern Communities, Newberry Library, Chicago, 2011

Updated on 02/04/2016