Raphael Falco is a Professor of English. He received his B.A. and his Masters degrees from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from New York University. His books include Charisma and Myth (Continuum, 2009), Charismatic Authority in Early Modern English Tragedy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000), and Conceived Presences: Literary Genealogy in Renaissance England (University of Massachusetts Press, 1994). His articles on literary history, Neo-Latin poetics, modern poetry, and intellectual culture have appeared both as book chapters and in a wide range of journals including Modern Philology, Shakespeare Studies, Criticism, Soundings, and Theory, Culture, and Society, Max Weber Studies, and English Literary Renaissance.
Representative recent and forthcoming articles: “Women, Genealogy, and Composite Monarchy in Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbion,” ELR (2010) ; “Arbitrary Cause,” Diacritics 35 (2005): 1-13 [issued 2007]; “Marsilio Ficino and Vatic Myth,” MLN (Italian Issue) 122 (2007): 101-22; “Tragedy in Retrospect: Hamlet's Narrative Infrastructure,” The Shakespearean International Yearbook 7 (2007): 123-39; "The Erotic Sacrament: Max Weber and Georges Bataille,” Max Weber Studies 7 (2007):13-36.
In 2005, Professor Falco was awarded a Folger Institute Fellowship to conduct research on his project, “The Zodiac of Myth: Cultural Genealogy in Early Modern Discourse,” at the Folger Shakespeare Library. He is the UMBC campus representative to the Central Executive Committee of the Folger Library. He is also on the editorial boards of two online journals: APPOSITIONS: Studies in Renaissance/Early Modern Literature and Culture and TAP: TransAtlantic Poetries.
Professor Falco is Director of the English Department Honors Program. He teaches courses in early modern literature and culture, as well as in modern poetry and contemporary culture. Among his seminar topics are Renaissance humanism, sixteenth-century courtliness, colonialism and literature, Biblical themes in early modern literature, John Milton, modern poetry, and Bob Dylan.