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Dr. Raymond MacKenzie

Professor of English; Director of Renaissance Program Minor
Ph.D., Kansas State University
JRC 323
(Fall 2017) M 3:00-4:00pm; also by appointment
(651) 962-5693

Academic History

M.A., Ph.D., Kansas State University
B.A., Concordia College (Moorhead) At St. Thomas since 1989


19th- and 20th-century British Literature
Literary Criticism
Modern French Literature

Selected Publications


Italian Chronicles, by Stendahl [translation, introduction, and notes] (University of Minnesota Press, 2017).


Utopia from Thomas More to Walter Benjamin, by Miguel Abensour [translation and notes] (Univocal Press, 2017).


Diaboliques: Six Tales of Decadence, by Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly [translation, introduction, and notes] (U of MN Press, 2015).


Persian Letters, by Montesquieu [translation, introduction, and notes] (Hackett, 2014).


“Charles Baudelaire,” “François Mauriac,” and “Jean Racine” in Douglas Denton, ed., New Catholic Encyclopedia (Catholic University of America, 2011).


Germinal, by Emila Zola [translation and notes] (Hackett, 2011).


Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert [translation, introduction, and notes] (Hackett, 2009).


“Rethinking Rhyme, Signifying Friendship:  Milton’s Lycidas and Epitaphium Damonis,” Modern Philology 106: 3, 2009.


Paris Spleen and La Fanfarlo, by Charles Baudelaire [translation, introduction, and notes] (Hackett, 2008).


“A Lock of Christina Rossetti’s Hair,” Connecticut Review 29: 1, 2007.


Thérèse Desqueyroux, by François Mauriac [translation, introduction, and notes] (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005).


"Mauriac's Viper's Tangle and A Woman of the Pharisees," in Mary Reichardt, ed., A Companion to Catholic Literature (Greenwood Press, 2004).


"Lady Cynthia Asquith," "Edmund Curll," "George Gilfillan," "Sir Allen Lane," "Viola Meynell," "Jacob Tonson," "William Wilson" in New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004).


God and Mammon and What Was Lost, by François Mauriac [translation, introduction, and notes] (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003).


Viola Meynell, 1885-1956:  A Critical Biography (Edwin Mellen Press, 2002).


"Alice Meynell," in M. Reichardt, ed., Catholic Women Writers (NY:  Greenwood Press, 2001).


"Language, Self, and Business Ethics," The Journal of Markets and Morality, vol. 3, 1, 2000.


"Lady Cynthia Asquith," "Catherine Carswell," "Ivy Litvinov," and "Viola Meynell" in Paul and June Schlueter, eds., Encyclopedia of British Women Writers (Rutgers University Press, 1999).


"Edwin Muir" in George M. Johnson, ed., British Novelists between the Wars (Sumter, SC:  Bruccoli Clark Layman), 1998.


Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 361 - 01 Shakespeare: Brave New World M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 MHC 211

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440


MHC 211

Course Registration Number:

21017 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours


Raymond N. MacKenzie

Toward the end of THE TEMPEST, Miranda exclaims: “Oh, brave new world / That has such people in it!” The brave new world of Shakespeare’s England was also a world of upheaval, dislocation, and bewildering changes in religion, politics, and social life. Literature reflected all those changes, and it expressed the anxieties that many felt in a newly volatile and uncertain time. In particular, Shakespeare’s works are strongly marked by such concerns, sometimes expressing a profound skepticism about our ability to achieve certainty in such a world—a skepticism that could be sometimes comic, sometimes tragic. In this course, we’ll contextualize Shakespeare’s work by reading some groundbreaking texts from his and the previous generation, including Machiavelli’s THE PRINCE, More’s UTOPIA, and selections from Montaigne’s ESSAYS. That context will help illuminate Shakespeare’s thought, and will enrich our appreciation of the plays. This course counts both as an early British literature course and as a Contexts and Convergences course for English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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