Ian MacInnes

 aka “Lycimnius”

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Recent items

My chapter on Semantic Memory in Shakespeare is coming out soon in Sexuality and Memory in Early Modern England (Routledge, 2016). Read more...

I have a chapter on invertebrate life in early-modern literature in Vin Nardizzi and Jean Feerick’s collection The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature (Palgrave 2012).  Read more...


Professor of English

Albion College

Albion, MI

Age: 50

Education: PhD, University of Virginia, 1995

Field: Elizabethan Poetry


How to think for yourself
Teaching at a small college like Albion is a privilege because nowhere else do the demands of scholarship and teaching so closely match. Curiosity has always been the guiding principle of my work in sixteenth and seventeenth-century literature. The people of the past are as culturally different from us as anyone alive today, yet we inherit our language from them, our great poetic works, and part of our sense of self. The puzzles and confusions of early English literature have a lot to tell any of us who claim English as our language. I also want to cultivate curiosity in my students. When they ask me what I want from an assignment or in class, I really want to answer, “I want you to think for yourself.” Without intellectual curiosity all the other talents my students have in abundance (intelligence, creativity, and determination), are hollow.