Carmen Nocentelli

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies

Photo: Carmen Nocentelli
Curriculum vitae
Office:  HUM 349
Hours:  Th 3-5

Research Area/s:

Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies


Carmen Nocentelli holds a joint appointment in the Department of English and the Program in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. Her research and teaching interests include cross-cultural contacts and early modern colonialisms, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, early modern witchcraft, drama, travel literature, and epic poetry. She is the author of Empires of Love: Europe, Asia, and the Making of Early Modern Identity - which garnered the Jeanne and Aldo Scaglione Prize in Comparative Literary Studies and the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature - and coeditor of England's Asian Renaissance, a volume exploring how Asian knowledges, narratives, and customs inflected English literature during the early modern period.

Selected Publications:


  • Empires of Love: Europe, Asia, and the Making of Early Modern Identity (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)
  • England's Asian Renaissance, coedited with Su Fang Ng (University of Delaware Press, 2021)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Rereading ‘Elizabeth I as Europa’,” PMLA (forthcoming 2023)
  • "England's Asian Renaissance: An Introduction" (with Su Fang Ng), England's Asian Renaissance, ed. Su Fang Ng and Carmen Nocentelli (University of Delaware Press, 2021)
  •  “Teresa Sampsonia Sherley: Amazon, Traveler, and Consort,” Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World, ed. Bernadette Andrea and Patricia Akhimie (University of Nebraska Press, 2019)
  • “The Dutch Black Legend,” Modern Language Quarterly 75.3 (2014)
  • "Made in India: How Meriton Latroon Became an Englishman," Indography: Writing the Indian in Early Modern England, ed. Jonathan G. Harris (Palgrave, 2012) 
  • "Spice Race: The Island Princess and the Politics of Translational Appropriation," PMLA 125.3 (2010) 
  • "The Erotics of Mercantile Imperialism: Cross-Cultural Requitedness in the Early Modern Period," Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 8.1 (2008).
  • "Discipline and Love: Linschoten and the Estado da Índia," Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires. ed. Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan (University of Chicago Press, 2007).

Other writing

  • Spostare il centro del mondo: la lotta per le libertà culturali [Moving the Centre: The Struggle for Cultural Freedoms]. Translation into Italian from an original by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. (Meltemi 2000).

Awards and Grants:

  • Faculty Research Grant, UNM Feminist Research Institute (2020)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library (2016-2017)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Newberry Library (2008-2009)
  • Julia M. Keleher and Telfair Hendon Junior Faculty Award, Department of English, UNM (2008)
  • Mayers Fellowship, Huntington Library (2007)
  • Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Fellowship, Newberry Library (2006)
  • Large Research Grant, UNM Research Allocation Committee (2006)
  • Susan Geiger Faculty Award, UNM Feminist Research Institute (2005)
  • Small Research Grant, UNM Research Allocation Committee (2005)

Teaching Interests:

  • Early Modern Drama
  • Early Modern Epic Poetry
  • Demonology and Witchcraft
  • Early Globalization
  • Literary Theory
  • Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies

Representative Courses:

  • ENGL582 - Shakespeare and Race
  • COMP480/ENGL452 - The Global Renaissance
  • COMP432/ENGL432/FREN432 - Magic, Witchcraft, and Science
  • ENGL352 - Early Shakespeare
  • ENGL353 - Later Shakespeare
  • COMP380/ENGL315 - Literature and the Age of Exploration
  • COMP2225 - Health, Illness, and Culture