Professor Mary C. Fuller is Head of the Literature Section. She works on the history of early modern voyages, exploration, and colonization. She is also interested in material books and how readers use them, in the past and in the present. She has published articles on Caribbean poetry, exploration narratives and video games, the dullness of travel writing, circumnavigations and their media, and on narratives of travel to Russia, West Africa, Guiana, Newfoundland, and Istanbul in the 16th and 17th centuries. Her teaching spans a broad range of topics, from poetry to scientific expeditions, and has included subjects cross-listed with CMS, Music, Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and EAPS. She was Associate Chair of the Faculty 2011 - 2013.


Early modern European literature and culture; colonial North American literature and culture; travel writing and cultural encounter; history of the book; Milton.


Voyages in Print:  English Travel to America, 1576-1624 (Cambridge University Press, 1995; paperback, 2007).

Remembering the Early Modern Voyage:  English Narratives in the Age of European Expansion (Palgrave, 2008).

In Progress

Geographic information in the age of Drake:  a study of Richard Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations (1600).

Volume 9, Oxford Principal Navigations (co-edited with Matthew Day).


Selected Publications

“Introduction:  Negotiating travel in the Anglo-American Atlantic world, 1550-1747,” Studies in Travel Writing 17 (3), Sept. 2013; editor for special issue on “Travel in the Anglo-American Atlantic World, 1550-1747.”

“Arctics of Empire: Hakluyt's representation of the Arctic in Principal Navigations (1598-1600), in Frédéric Regard, ed., The Quest for the Northwest Passage (Pickering and Chatto, 2012), 15-29.

“’ His dark materials’: the problem of dullness in Hakluyt’s collections,” in Daniel Carey and Claire Jowitt, eds., Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate/ Hakluyt Society, 2012).

“Arthur and Amazons:  editing the fabulous in Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations," Yearbook of English Studies 41 (2011), 173-89.

“The real and the unreal in Tudor travel writing,” in Kent Cartwright, ed., Companion to Tudor Literature and Culture (Blackwells, 2009).

“Where was Iceland in 1600?,” in Jyotsna Singh, ed., Companion to the Global Renaissance (Blackwells, 2009), 149-62.

“Richard Hakluyt’s foreign relations,” in Paul Smethurst and Julia Kuehn, eds., Travel Writing, Form, and Empire: The Poetics and Politics of Mobility (Routledge, 2008), 38-52.

“Writing the long-distance voyage:  Hakluyt’s circumnavigators,” Huntington Library Quarterly 70 (2007), 37-60.

“Making something of it: questions of value in the early English travel collection,” Journal of Early Modern History 6 (2006), 11-38.;jsessionid=dl96mf34a7tk.henrietta

“The First Southerners: Jamestown’s Colonists as Exemplary Figures."  In Richard Gray and Owen Robinson, eds., Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American South (Blackwells, 2004), 29-42.

“Ravenous Strangers: the argument of nationalism in two narratives from Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations (1600),"Studies in Travel Writing 6 (2002), 1-28.

“Images of English Origins in Newfoundland and Roanoke”.  In Germaine Warkentin and Carolyn Podruchny, eds.,: Canada and Europe in Multi-Disciplinary Perspective (University of Toronto, 2001), 141-158.

“English Turks and Resistant Travellers: Conversion to Islam as Homosocial Courtship”.  In Jyotsna Singh and Ivo Kamps, eds., Travel Knowledge: European ‘Witnesses’ to “Navigations,Traffiques, and Discoveries” in the Early Modern Period (St. Martin’s, 2000), 66-73.

“The Poetics of a Cold Climate," Terrae Incognitae 30 (1998), 41-53.

“Myths of Identity in Derek Walcott’s ‘The Schooner Flight," Connotations 5 (1996), 322-38.

(With Henry Jenkins), “Nintendo and New World Travel Writing: A Dialogue."  In Cybersociety: Computer-Mediated Communication and Community, ed. Steve G. Jones (Sage, 1994), 57-72.

“Forgetting the Aeneid," American Literary History, (1992), 517-38.

“Ralegh’s Fugitive Gold: Reference and Deferral in the Discoverie of Guiana," Representations 33 (Winter, 1991), 42-64; reprinted in New World Encounters: Essays from Representations, ed. Stephen Greenblatt, (University of California Press, 1993), 218-40.