Joint PhD in Literary Studies / Theatre Studies in English

Graduate Faculty

University of Guelph
Wilfrid Laurier University

Michael Keefer, BA (Royal Military College), MA (Toronto), DPhil (Sussex). 

Associate Professor (1985).


Research Interests

Renaissance studies, literary theory, textual criticism.


  • Lunar Perspectives: Field Notes from the Culture Wars. Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 1996.

  • Ed. Doctor Faustus: a 1604-version edition by Christopher Marlowe. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 1991.

Selected recent articles

  • "Text, Apparatus, History." Elizabethan Theatre XV. P. D. Meany, 2002.

  • "Accommodation and Synecdoche: Calvin's God in King Lear." Shakespearean Criticism 52. Gale Research, 2000.

  • "Violence and Extremity: Nashe's Unfortunate Traveller as an Anatomy of Abjection." Critical Approaches to English Prose Fiction 1520-1640. Dovehouse Editions, 1998.

  • "'Inter inextricabiles ... difficultatum tenegras': Ficino's Pimander and the Gendering of Cartesian Subjectivity." Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 22.1 (1998).

  • "The Dreamer's Path: Descartes and the Sixteenth Century." Renaissance Quarterly 49 (1996).

  • "Self-Image and Spectacle in Tamburlaine and Doctor Faustus." Spectacle & Image in Renaissance Europe E. J. Brill, 1993.


Co-winner of the 1987 Nelson Prize of the Renaissance Society of America.
President of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), 1992-94.