Steve Mentz

This website belongs to Steve Mentz, Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York City.

Information about my major research projects is below. You can also find out more about me on my St. John’s homepage, my academia page, and the other pages on this website.

Here’s my CV as of March 2013.

Gallery Exhibition


Lost at Sea: The Ocean in the English Imagination, 1550-1750

An exhibtion of rare books and maritime artifacts that I designed and curated for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s public gallery space in the summer of 2010.


My Books


The Age of Thomas Nashe: Texts, Bodies, and Trespasses of Authorship in Early Modern England

Published in late 2013, this collection of essays on the great Elizabethan prose stylist is co-edited with Stephen Guy-Bray and Joan Pong Linton.


At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean

My 2009 book about Shakespeare, the new thalassaology, and “blue cultural studies.”


Romance for Sale in Early Modern England

My 2006 study of prose fiction and the book market in the age of Shakespeare.

Rogues and Early Modern English Culture

A 2004 book of essays on urban culture and criminality that I edited with Craig Dionne of Eastern Michigan University.



New Projects

Shipwreck and the Global Ecology

A study of the cultural consequences of the first age of globalization among English-speaking writers. Through the phrases “wet globalization,” “blue ecology,” and “shipwreck modernity,” this book unpacks early modern globalization and maritime expansion through the lens of shipwreck.

The Hungry Ocean

A collection of essays co-edited with Marty Rojas that features material from the 2009 conference I organized at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI.

Oceanic New York

A forthcoming collections of essays, illustrations, and poetry about our local urban oceans.

Selected Courses

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