Fumerton, Patricia

Distinguished Professor


Ph.D., Stanford University, 1981

Patricia Fumerton is a Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she has taught since 1987. She is founder and director here of the director of the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA). She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1981, and has also taught at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and at Yale University. Her central interests include sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and literature, high and popular culture, the history and practice of printing, visual culture, subjectivity, and postmodernism. She is the author of Broadside Ballads in Early Modern England: Moving Media, Tacical Publics (2020); Unsettled: The Culture of Mobility and the Working Poor in Early Modern England  (2006), and Cultural Aesthetics: Renaissance Literature and the Practice of Social Ornament (1991). She is also editor of Ballads and Performance: The Multimodal Stage in Early Modern England (2018) and Broadside Ballads from the Pepys Collection: A Selection of Texts, Approaches, and Recordings (2013) and co-editor of The Making of a Broadside Ballad (EMC Imprint Press, 2016), Ballads and and Broadsides in Britain, 1500-1800 (2010) and Renaissance Culture and the Everyday (1999). She is currently working and edition about the historical and practical uses of print as well as an edition on Czech broadside ballads within an international perspective.



South Hall 2506

Office Hours: 

Spring 2020 - Thursday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST or by appt.


(805) 8934622



Mailing Address: 

English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170


Early Modern Studies
Cultural Studies
Literature, Film, and the Visual Arts
Literature and Technology
Renaissance Literature

Research Interests: 

  • Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century culture and literature
  • Popular Broadside Ballads
  • Visual and Material Culture
  • History of the Book
  • Print
  • High and Low subjectivity
  • Broadside Ballads
  • Vagrancy and spatial mobility
  • Sidney, Spenser, Jonson


Articles & Chapters: 

  • “Making Printing Publics,” Introduction (23 MS pp.) to special issue on “Printing Publics” for Early Modern Culture <http://emc.eserver.org/> (Summer 2010)
  • "Introduction" and "Remembering by Dismembering" essay (revised) for Ballads and Broadsides edition
  • "Remembering by Dismembering: Databases, Archiving, and the Recollection of Seventeenth-Century Broadside Ballads," article for special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies (EMLS), edited by Shawn Martin, (September 2008)
  • "Mocking Aristocratic Place: The Perspective of the Streets," Early Modern Culture (Fall 2008)
  • “Introduction” and “Afterword,” to “Richard Helgerson’s Laureate Career, The Spenser Review 38, no. 1 (Winter 2007), pp. 5, 17-18
  • "Making Vagrancy (In)Visible: The Economics of Disguise in Early Modern Rogue Pamphlets," English Literary Renaissance 33.2 (Spring 2003): 211-27; reprinted in Rogues and Early Modern Literary Culture: A Critical Anthology, eds. Craig Dionne and Steve Mentz, (University of Michigan Press, 2004), pp. 193-210
  • Various articles on the literature and culture of the lower orders, gift exchange and Spenser's Garden of Adonis, miniature painting and sonnets, Spenserian stylistics, minoritarian languages, the new historicism, vagrancy, mobility, and ballad culture

Other Publications: 

Special journal issue (editor) on “Printing Publics” for Early Modern Culture: An Electronic Seminar, an online journal <http://emc.eserver.org/> (Summer 2010)


Forthcoming Projects: 

  • “Vexed Impressions: Toward a Digital Archive of Broadside Ballad Illustrations,” article co-written with Carl Stahmer, Kris McAbee, and Megan Browne Palmer, for Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture, ed. Brent Nelson and Melissa Terras (Tempe Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, Arizona State University Press, Fall 2010)
  • Entries on “Poverty” and “Vagrancy.  in The Shakespeare Encyclopedia: Life, Works, World, and Legacy, ed. Patricia Parker, 5 vols. (Oxford, UK: Greenwood Press, Fall 2010)
  • “Digitizing Ephemera and Its Discontents,” for collection of essays, Fugitive Pieces: An Epistemology of Ephemera in the Long Eighteenth Century, edited Kevin Murphy and Sally O’Driscoll (contracted University of Massachusetts Press)
  • “Collectors, Consumers, and the Making of Seventeenth-Century English Ballad Publics: From Networks to Spheres,” for collection, Forms of Association in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Conversation with Richard Helgerson, ed. Paul Yachnin (contracted University of Massachusetts Press)
  • The Moving Matter of Broadside Ballads: The Lady and the Blackamoor (book project contracted to University of Chicago Press)
  • Early Modern Ballads: From the Pepys Collection (edition contracted with Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, Arizona State University Press)
  • "Preface" and "Samuel Pepys and his Ballad Collection" essay for Pepys Collection edition
  • "The Pepys Ballad Archive: from Theory to Practice," article co-written with Simone Chess, Tassie Gniady, and Kris McAbee, for MLA edition, Teaching Early Modern Literature from the Archives
  • Currently directing the digitizing of all early English broadside ballads, with an emphasis on the ornamental black-letter broadsides of the seventeenth century, as part of the Early Modern Center's English Broadside Ballads Archive (EBBA). Also working on a book on black-letter and the idea of blackness in early modern England and America.


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