Andrew Brown

Assistant Professor


Mailing Address: 
1186-6135 University Ave Halifax, NS B3H 4P9
Research Topics:
  • Early Modern drama
  • Shakespeare studies
  • Book history and bibliography
  • Digital humanities
  • Law and literature
  • Textual editing

·         BA, York University
·         MA, McGill University
·         PhD, Yale University


Andrew S. Brown’s research and teaching focus on the literature, politics, and culture of early modern England (ca. 1550-1700). He was previously the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Digital Humanities Network Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto.

His current book project, Artificial Persons: Fictions of Representation in Early Modern Drama, asks: how did the stage contribute to the idea that we can authorize people not just to speak and act on our behalf, but to stand in for us and take on aspects of our personhood? He is also at work on a second long-term project, which uses methods from both digital humanities and the history of the book to explore how early modern English literature, law, and cartography developed a new concept of water as a vital form of infrastructure—a concept that extended across the Atlantic, and which continues to shape disputes over water rights today.

His essays and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in the journals English Literary Renaissance, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Studies in Philology, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Milton Studies, and Early Theatre; the edited collection Shakespeare and Consciousness; and the Marginalia Review of Books online. For more information, visit his website at

Selected Publications

“Quakerism, Metadiscourse, and ‘Paradise Found,’” Studies in Philology 117.3 (forthcoming).

Marina and the Market for Shakespeare in Eighteenth-Century Performance,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 51.2 (2018), 163-78.

“‘The Minstrelsy of Heaven’: Representation and the Politics of Lyric in Paradise Lost,” Milton Studies 57 (2016), 63-92.

“‘Being Unseminared’: Pleasure, Instruction, and Playing the Queen in Anthony and Cleopatra,” in  Shakespeare and Consciousness, ed. Paul Budra and Clifford Werier (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 165-89.

“Theatre of Judgment: Space, Spectators, and the Epistemologies of Law in Bartholomew Fair,” Early Theatre 15.2 (2012), 154-67.