Ronald Huebert

Professor Emeritus


Inglis Professor, University of King's College

Phone: 902-494-6946
Mailing Address: 
Room 3194, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
PO BOX 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Early Modern literature
  • John Donne
  • Spectatorship
  • Privacy


  • BA (Saskatchewan)
  • MA, PhD (Pittsburgh)

Personal Website


Ronald Huebert’s research initiatives in the immediate futire will focus in one way or another on the figure of John Donne. His most recent book, Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare, was published in 2016, by the University of Toronto Press. In the same year Huebert's work was recognized by Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies.

In collaboration with David McNeil, Huebert is working on a collection of essays, Early Modern Spectatorship, under contact by McGill-Queen's University Pres. Scholars whose work will appear in this volume, aside from Huebert and McNeil, include John Lepage (on Representations of Democritus and Heraditus), Rick Bowers (on Sir Philip Sidney's funeral), William W.E. Slights (on Othello), Ian McAdam (on Twelfth Night), Alison Muri (on William Hogarth), Frans De Bruyn (on prospect views), Lydia Hamlett (on mural paintings), Nova Myhill (on staging practices), and Emily West (on optical technologies).     

Selected Publications


  • Privacy in the age of Shakespeare. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.
  • The Performance of Pleasure in English Renaissance Drama. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
  • [As editor]. James Shirley’s The Lady of Pleasure. The Revels Plays. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1986.
  • John Ford: Baroque English Dramatist. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 1977.


  • "What's wring with Mis-devotion? A John Donne Enigma."Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme (forthcoming).
  • "'Study our Manuscripts': John Donne's Problems with Privacy." The Seventeeth Century26.1 (2011): 1-21.
  • “Performing Anatomy.” Renaissance and Reformation/ Resaissance et Réforme 33.3 (2010): 9-26.
  • “Reading, Writing, and Religio Medici.” Prose Studies 30.2 (2008): 109-23.
  • “The Female Breast in Reformation Culture.” The Dalhousie Review 87 (2007): 205-24.
  • “The Private Opinions of Sir Thomas Browne.” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 45 (2005): 117-34.
  • “The Gendering of Privacy.” The Seventeenth Century 16 (2001): 37-65.
  • “Privacy in Paradise.” The Dalhousie Review 80 (2000): 9-19.
  • “Privacy: The Early Social History of a Word.” The Sewanee Review 105 (1997): 21-38.
  • Earlier work in, among others, Renaissance DramaThe Elizabethan ThreatreUniversity of Toronto QuarterlyELH: A Journal of Literary History, and English Studies in Canada.


  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (2016)
  • Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge University (2008)
  • Montaigne Prize, Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (2004)
  • SSHRC Leave Fellowships and Research Grants (2003-2006, 1986, 1982-83, 1978-79)
  • Huntington Library Fellowship (1980)