Yale scholar Annabel Patterson honored by University of Toronto

Annabel Patterson, Sterling Professor Emeritus of English, received an honorary degree at the June 17 Convocation ceremony at the University of Toronto (U of T).

Annabel Patterson

A scholar of Renaissance and early modern literature and culture, Patterson has written 16 books on such major Renaissance authors as Shakespeare, Andrew Marvell, and John Milton, as well as broader literary inquiries. She is currently focusing on the “State Trials” of England, a vast set of volumes that record verbatim the trials for treason and libel, especially in the late 17th and 18th centuries.

Patterson came to Yale in 1994 as the Karl Young Professor of English after teaching at Duke University, the University of Maryland, York University in Canada and the University of Toronto. She was appointed to a Sterling Professorship, one of the highest honors awarded to Yale faculty, in 2001.