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Anna  Nardo 
Alumni Professor
Bachelor's Degree(s): Emory University
Master's Degree: Emory University
PhD: Emory University
Phone: (225) 578-3166
Office: 237-F Allen Hall


Anna K. Nardo came to LSU in 1975, where she has taught courses on Milton, seventeenth-century poetry, Shakespeare and film, early modern romance, and George Eliot ever since.  She has also published articles and three monographs on these topics.  Most recently, her research has centered on the English translations of Bartolomé de las Casas’s Brevísima Relación de la Destruición de las Indias and Miguel Cervantes’s  Don Quixote, both published by Milton’s nephew John Phillips.  She is also working on a Guía al Paraíso Perdido, a brief guide to Paradise Lost for Spanish-speaking students of comparative literature.

During her career, Nardo has also served as Chair of the Department of English and President of the Association of Departments of English.  She is currently Secretary of LSUnited, a faculty advocacy group.  

Selected Publications


George Eliot’s Dialogue with John Milton (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2003).

The Ludic Self in Seventeenth-Century English Literature (Albany:  SUNY Press, 1991).

Milton's Sonnets and the Ideal Community  (Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 1979).


Articles and book chapters since 2000:

“John Phillips, John Milton, Don Quixote, and the Disenchantment of Romance,” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 47 (2014): 169-86.

"John Phillips's Translation of Don Quixote and 'the Humour of Our Modern Language'," Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700 36 (2012): 1-22.

“No Choice but to Serve.” Academe: Magazine of the American Association of University Professors.  Nov.-Dec. (2012):  14-18.     

“Our Tangled Web:  Research Mandates and Staffing Practices,” Pedagogy:  Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, 11 (2010): 43-50.

“Playing with Shakespeare’s Play: Branagh’s Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Shakespeare, Sound and Screen, ed. Peter Holland, Shakespeare Survey 61 (2008): 13-22.

“Stoppard’s Spacemen:  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern on Film,” Literature/Film Quarterly 36.2(2008), 113-21.

“Dialogue in Shakespearean Offshoots,” Literature/Film Quarterly, 34 (2006): 104-12.

"A Space for Academic Recreation: Milton's Proposal in The Reason of Church-government," Literary Circles and Cultural Communities in Renaissance England, eds. Ted-Larry Pebworth and Claude Summers (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000), 128-47.

"John Milton, Object of the Erotic Gaze?" Living Texts: Interpreting Milton, eds. Charles W. Durham and Kristin A. Pruitt (Selinsgrove:  Susquehanna University Press, 2000), 57-79.  

"Perpetual Reformation:  LSU's Curriculum Options for the Twenty-First Century," ADE Bulletin 125 (2000): 32-36.


Selected Recent Courses:


John Milton, Shakespeare and Film, Early Modern Romance, George Eliot, Introduction to Poetry, British Literature I: From the beginnings through the eighteenth century


Curriculum Vitae