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Cyndia Susan Clegg

Distinguished Professor of English
Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College
CAC 306


Cyndia Susan Clegg is Distinguished Professor of English Literature. She received her PhD in English Renaissance Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also earned an MA and a BA in English. Her areas of expertise include Shakespeare, History of the Book, and Censorship and Propaganda in Early Modern England.


  • PhD, English Renaissance to 1660, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA, Twentieth Century British & Irish Literature, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA, English, History, University of California, Los Angeles


  • Shakespeare's Reading Audiences. Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Press Censorship in Caroline England. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • The Peaceable and Prosperous Regiment of Blessed Queene Elisabeth: A facsimile from Holinshed's Chronicles. Huntington Library Press, 2005.
  • Press Censorship in Jacobean England. Cambridge University Press, 2001
  • Press Censorship in Elizabethan England. Cambridge University Press, 1997
  • Critical Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1988"
  • "Roger Ascham and Queen Elizabeth's Religion" in Roger Ascham, ed. Lucy Nichols. Brill Press, 2018.
  • "1559 Books of Common Prayer and the Elizabethan Reformation." Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 67 (2016): 94-121.
  • "Authority and Subversion in Early Modern Print Culture" in Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book, ed Leslie Howsam. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • "Tudor Literary Censorship" in Oxford Companion to Tudor Literature, Online, October 2014.
  • "The Censorship of Holinshed's Chronicles," The Oxford Handbook to Holinshed's Chronicles. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012
  • "Shakespeare Criticism and the 'Turn to Religion'." Huntington Library Quarterly 74 (2011), 599-610.
  • "Print and Parliament in Jacobean England" in Negotiating Jacobean Print. Ed. Pete Langman. London: Ashgate, 2011.
  • "Propaganda and Censorship in the Reign of Elizabeth I" in The Elizabethan World. Ed. Norm Jones. Oxford: Routledge, 2011, Chapter 10.
  • "Print and Parliament in the Reign of Elizabeth" in Tudor Books and Readers. Ed. John King. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Pp. 138-160
  • "Shakespeare and the Uncommon Law" Ben Jonson Journal 16 (2009): 216-247.
  • "King Lear and Early Seventeenth-Century Print Culture" in King Lear: New Critical Essays. Ed. Jeffrey Kahan. New York: NY: Routledge, 2008.
  • "The Edge of Revolution," Huntington Library Quarterly, September 2007, Vol. 70, No. 3, Pages 485-490.
  • "Taking Liberties, Keeping Privileges: The Company, the Crown, the Church, and the Estate of Thomas Middleton" in Essays in Early Modern Print Culture and the Works of Thomas Middleton. Ed. Gary Taylor. Oxford University Press, 2007
  • "Truth, Lies and Law in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing" in Shakespeare and the Law. Ed. Constance Jordan. London: Palsgrave Press, 2006. Second edition, 2010.
  • "The author of this book is . . . ": Attributing Authorship, 1580-1640." Pacific Coast Philology. Special Issue on Literature and the History of the Book. 49 (2006).
  • "The Court of Star Chamber and Press Control in Early Modern England." Journal of Modern European History. Spring, 2005:50-80.
  • "Renaissance Play Readers, Ordinary and Extraordinary" in Reading Renaissance Plays. Ed., Maria Straznicky. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2005.
  • "Censorship and Literature." Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature. (7000 words) Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • "Feared and Loved: Machiavelli and Shakespeare's Henry V." Ben Jonson Journal. Vol 10 (2004).
  • "Checking the Father: Jacobean Censorship and Anxious Paternity" in Printing and Parenthood, ed. Douglas Brooks. Burlington: Ashgate, 2005.
  • "Censorship and the Problems with History in Shakespeare's England." Shakespeare Companion: Histories. Richard Dutton and Jean Howard, eds. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003.
  • "History of the Book: An Undisciplined Discipline?" Renaissance Quarterly, 54, Spring 2001, 221-245.
  • "The Personal Censorship of James I: The Paul's Cross Bookburnings" in Press Censorship in Renaissance England, ed. Andrew Hadfield. London: Routledge, 2001.
  • "'By the choice and invitation of al the realme': Richard II and Elizabethan Press Censorship," Shakespeare Quarterly. 48, 4 (Winter, 1997): 431-447.
  • Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, Fellow
  • Cambridge University, Visiting Summer Fellow, 2015
  • British Academy Fellowship, 2008-2009, 1999-2000, 1993-1994
  • Huntington Library Renaissance Seminar Program, Convener
  • Bibliographical Society of America Fellowship, 2001, 2011
  • Andrew K. Mellon Fellowship at the Huntington Library, 1994
  • Pepperdine University Sabbatical Fellowship, 2015, 2008, 1992-1993
  • Pepperdine University Research Fellowship, 1990-1991
  • International Association of University Professors of English, current
  • Renaissance Society of America, current
  • Shakespeare Association of America, current
  • Renaissance Conference of Southern California, President, 2000
  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, President 2005, Executive Director, 1990-2000


  • Early Modern Print Culture, Censorship
  • English Reformation
  • Shakespeare, English Renaissance Poetry


  • Great Books
  • Western Heritage
  • Shakespeare and English Renaissance Literature