Ramie Targoff

Ramie Targoff

Robert Lehman Visiting Professor
Shakespeare's Sisters



Ramie Targoff is Professor of English, Co-Chair of Italian Studies, and Director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University. She received her B.A. in English from Yale University in 1989, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996. She is the author of Renaissance Woman: The Life of Vittoria Colonna (2018); Common Prayer: The Language of Public Devotion (2001); John Donne, Body and Soul (2008); and Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England (2014).

Project Summary


Shakespeare’s Sisters explores the overlapping lives and writing of four extraordinary Renaissance women writers: Mary Herbert, Aemilia Lanyer, Elizabeth Cary, and Anne Clifford. All four were all born in late sixteenth-century England and recognized as writers in their own lifetime, but then more or less entirely forgotten from the canon of English literature until the late twentieth century.