501 Denney Hall
Areas of Expertise
- Renaissance literature
- The Bible and its literary and cultural influence
- Allusion and intertextuality
- Lyric poetry
- PhD, Yale University, 2000
- MA, University of Toronto, 1990
- BEd, University of Toronto, 1991
- BA, University of Toronto, 1986
Hannibal Hamlin works on Renaissance literature, especially the Bible and its influence on authors including Shakespeare, Philip and Mary Sidney, Donne, Herbert, Milton and Bunyan. He is an expert on the Psalms and their early modern translation into poetic meters and literary forms. Much of his work explores aspects of allusion (biblical and poetic) and intertextuality.
He has been the recipient of a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library, a National Humanities Center Fellowship (declined) and a Francis Bacon Foundation Fellowship at the Huntington Library.
He was curator, with Stephen Galbraith, of Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible, a 2011-12 exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library, mounted in conjunction with exhibitions at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas. The exhibition, with a companion website and a nationally touring panel exhibition coordinated by the American Library Association, was funded by a Chairman’s Special Award from the NEH.
He was editor of Reformation from 2009-2015 and continues to serve on its editorial board, as well as the board of Explorations in Renaissance Culture. Current projects include several editing projects: an anthology, The Psalms in English, 1530-1633, for the Modern Humanities Research Association New Tudor & Stuart Translations series, The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Religion, and The Bloomsbury Cultural History of the Bible, for which he is general editor as well as editor of the Renaissance volume.
- The Bible in Shakespeare. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
- Psalm Culture and Early Modern English Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
- The King James Bible after Four Hundred Years: Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences, ed. with Norman W. Jones. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
- The Sidney Psalter: Psalms of Sir Philip and Mary Sidney. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.