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Robert Ray

Dr. Robert H. Ray



Renaissance Literature

17th Century Literature


Carroll Science, room 211

(254) 710-6883


Ph.D. University of Texas


Robert H. Ray is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has taught a Shakespeare course in England with the Baylor-in-London program. His major scholarly and teaching interests are seventeenth-century English literature, especially the Metaphysical Poets, and sixteenth-century English literature, especially Shakespeare. He is a member of the graduate faculty.

Selected Publications

The Herbert Allusion Book: Allusions to George Herbert in the Seventeenth Century. Texts and Studies series. U of North Carolina P and Studies in Philology. Studies in Philology 83:4. 1986.

Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's "King Lear." Approaches to Teaching World Literature series. Modern Language Association. 1986

A John Donne Companion. Garland Publishing. 1990.

A George Herbert Companion. Garland Publishing. 1995

An Andrew Marvell Companion. Garland Publishing, 1998.

Twelfth Night in Volume 5 of Facts on File Companion to Shakespeare, edited by William Baker and Kenneth Womack, 2012, pp. 1985-2029.

The Centrality of Head in Jonson's To William Camden," ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews, 24 (2011), 138-39.

Recent Studies in George Herbert (1987-2007), English Literary Renaissance, Autumn, 2010, 458-80.

Time and Tempest in The Duchess of Malfi: Webster's Use of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Cahiers Elisabethains: A Biannual Journal of English Renaissance Studies, Spring, 2010, 51-52.

Uses of the Royal Plural in King Lear, Cahiers Elisabethains: A Biannual Journal of English Renaissance Studies, Spring, 2005, 43-44.

The Admiration of Sir Philip Sidney by Lovelace and Carew: New Seventeenth-Century Allusions, ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews, 18 (2005), 18-21.

Jonson's "His Excuse for Loving," The Explicator, 63 (2004), 12-13.

"A World of Questions: An Approach Indebted to Maynard Mack." In Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's Hamlet, ed. Bernice W. Kliman, 97101. New York: Modern Language Association, 2001.

"Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 18'," The Explicator, 53 (1994), 10-11.

"Herbert's 'Prayer I'," The Explicator, 51 (1993), 215-16.

"Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress' and Sandys's Translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses," The Review of English Studies, 44 (1993), 386-88.

"Donne's 'To His Mistress Going to Bed,' lines 33-35," The Explicator, 50 (1992), 203-204.

"Ben Jonson and the Metaphysical Poets: Continuity in a Survey Course." In Approaches to Teaching the Metaphysical Poets, ed. Sidney Gottlieb, 89-95. New York: Modern Language Association, 1990.

"Recent Studies in Herbert (1974-1986)," English Literary Renaissance, 18:3 (1988), 460-75.

"Herbert's Words in Donne's Mouth: Walton's Account of Donne's Death," Modern Philology, 85:2 (1987), 186-87.

"Herbert's Seventeenth-Century Reputation: A Summary and New Considerations," George Herbert Journal, 9:2 (1986), 1-15.

"Sidney's Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 5," The Explicator, 41:3 (1983), 7-9.

"Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 16,'" The Explicator, 38:1 (1979), 24-25.

"Spatial and Aural Patterns in 'The Windows,'" George Herbert Journal, 1:2 (1978), 38-43.

"'By God's Liggens' in 2 Henry IV: An Explanation," English Language Notes, 15:4 (1978), 268-71.

The 'Ribaudred Nagge' of Antony and Cleopatra, III.x.10: A Suggested Emendation," English Language Notes, 14:1 (1976), 21-25.