Steve Mentz is Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York City. His work explores the Blue Humanities, Early Modern Literature, Ecocriticism, Shakespeare, and the Literary Theory. Most recently he is the author of An Introudction to the Blue Humanities (Routlege, 2023), Ocean (Bloomsbury / Object Lessons, 2020), Break up the Anthropocene, (U Minn P, 2019), and  Shipwreck Modernity: Ecologies of Globalization 1550 – 1719 (U Minn P, 2015) and editor or co-editor of A Cultural History of the Sea in the Early Modern Era (Bloomsbury 2021), The Routledge Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds 1450-1800 (2020), The Sea and Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Literary Culture (Routledge, 2016). He is a Series Editor for Environmental Humanities in Premodern Culture (EHPC) for Amsterdam University Press.


PhD Yale University, 2000

AB Princeton University, 1989

Other Publications

Single-Author Books

Break Up the Anthropocene. U. Minnesota P, 2019. Open-Access e-book.

Shipwreck Modernity: Ecologies of Globalization, 1550-1719. U Minnesota P, 2015.

At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean. Bloomsbury / Shakespeare Now!, 2009.

Romance for Sale in Early Modern England. Ashgate, 2006.

Edited or Co-Edited Collections

The Sea and Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Literary Culture. Co-edited with Martha Elena Rojas. Routledge, 2016.

Oceanic New York. Punctum, 2015.

The Age of Thomas Nashe: Texts, Bodies, and Trespasses of Authorship. Co-edited with Stephen Guy-Bray and Joan Pong Linton. Ashgate, 2013.

Rogues and Early Modern English Culture. Co-edited with Craig Dionne. U Michigan P, 2004.

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