• Elliott Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Director of the Rhetoric Program

    Pannill 100 A
    (434) 223-6255

Professor Nace has previously taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and SUNY Binghamton. He teaches a wide range of courses in British and American literature and publishes on seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century British literature, often in relation to trends in contemporary poetics. 


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2009
A.B., Kenyon College, 1998


Edited Collections

Orange book cover with the title "The Fate of Difficulty on the Poetry of Our Time"Book cover with the title "MLA Options for Teaching ShakespeareBlack and White book cover titled "Shakespeare Up Close"Green book cover titled "Eighteenth Century Life"

Co-editor with Charles Altieri,  The Fate of Difficulty [forthcoming from Northwestern University Press in 2017]

Co-editor with Clorinda Donato,  Fanny Hill Now, a special issue of  Eighteenth-Century Life [Duke University Press]

Co-editor with Evan R. Davis, MLA  Options for Teaching Modern British and American Satire [under contract with MLA]

Co-editor with Russ McDonald and Travis Williams,  Shakespeare Up Close: Reading Early Modern Texts [Arden Shakespeare/Methuen Drama, 2012]


Editor, Sir Walter Scott's  The Lay of the Last Minstrel [forthcoming from Broadview Press]

Co-editor with Evan R. Davis  The Broadview Anthology of Satire [under contract at Broadview Press]

Articles & Book Chapters

Full-length Articles

"The Author of Sodom among the Smithfield Muses" [forthcoming in Review of English Studies]

"On Not Choking in Herbert's 'The Collar'", SEL 55.1 (2015): 73-94 

"New Light on Sodom," The Book Collector 63.4 (2014): 557-567

"Unprinted Matter: Conceptual Writing and Tristram Shandy's 'Chasm of Ten Pages'" The Shandean 24 (2013): 31-58 

"The Publication of Urania Johnson's 'Unpublishable' Almira," Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America103, no. 1 (March 2009): 5-18

Book Chapters

Black book cover titled "Teaching Modern British and American Satire""The Thing Which Is Not: The Reality of Fiction in Interactive Satire" in MLA Options for Teaching Modern British and American Satire, ed. Davis and Nace

"In Bad Taste: Vanessa Place and the Politics of Apolitical Poetry," in Articulating Contemporary Poetics, ed. Altieri and Nace

"Donne in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries" in John Donne in Context, ed. Michael Schoenfeldt [forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2016]

"Mutatis Non Mutandis: The Reading Mind and Its Autocorrect Function in The Rape of Lucrece," in Reading What's There: Essays on Shakespeare in Honor of Stephen Booth, ed. Michael Collins (University of Delaware Press, 2014) 

"Pointless Milton: A Close Reading in Negative," in Shakespeare Up Close, ed. McDonald, Nace, and Williams (Arden, 2012)

"Filling Blanks in the Richardson Circle: The Unsuccessful Mentorship of Urania Johnson," in Mentoring in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture, ed. Anthony W. Lee (Ashgate, 2010)

Short Articles

Short Articles

with Robert Irons, "Goldsmith's Greek" [forthcoming from Notes and Queries]

"Baroque in England," The Burlington Magazine, no. 1321, vol. 150 (April 2013): 230-232

"Ye Gods and Little Fishes!" Notes and Queries 57, no. 2 (2010): 246-248

"Richardson's Charnel-House: Rediscovering the 'Skull of King Philip'," Notes and Queries 57, no. 1 (2010): 89-91 

"A Second Novel by Urania Johnson," Notes and Queries 57, no. 1 (2010): 109-111 

"Parson Brand's Ovid: Misattributions in Clarissa," Notes and Queries 57, no. 1 (2010): 91-93 

"Updike on Tristram Shandy," The Scriblerian 42 no. 1 (Autumn 2009): 102 

"Samuel Richardson's 'Post-Office Bullet'," Notes and Queries 56, no. 2 (2009): 248-252 

"More Aaron Hill in Clarissa," Notes and Queries 56, no. 2 (2009): 247-8

"Aaron Hill in Richardson's Clarissa," Notes and Queries 55, no. 3 (2008): 331-333

Review Essays

Review of Lord Rochester in the Restoration World, ed. Matthew C. Augustine and Steven N.
Zwicker, in Restoration 40, no. 1 (2016): 87-89

"The Curious Case of the Unfortunate John Cleland," review essay on Hal Gladfelder's Fanny Hill in Bombay, in The Eighteenth Century 56.1 (2015): 137-143 

"The Work of Politics in the Age of Aesthetic Distribution," review-essay on Jacques Rancière's The Politics of Aesthetics, in Other Voices: The Journal of Cultural Criticism (2010)

Creative Writing

Brown book cover with title "Catch Words"Catch-words (book) forthcoming from Information as Material

"The Hundred Faults" (poem) forthcoming from FENCE

"Inquit" (poem) forthcoming from Maggy

"Nous" (poem) in Rabbit 

"Fine Times with the Girls without Fortunes," "Found Numbers" (poems) American Literary Review 

 "Chapter XXIX" (poem) BlazeVOX 

"Weight" (poem) Pith  

"The Echo of Tranquility" (poem) Modern Poetry Quarterly