Heffernan's research focuses on the intersection of imaginative writing, especially lyric poetry, and textual practices in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Her work has appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly, Modern Language Quarterly, and Modern Philology.
Her current project, Before the Miscellany: Collected Poems and the Literary History of the Book, recovers the formal dimensions of handpress-era books by tracing the development of the poetry collection as a tool for managing a new abundance of English lyrics. This work has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Mellon Foundation, as well as by internal grants from DePaul and the University of Chicago.
In 2016-2017 Heffernan will be in residence at the Folger as a Mowat Mellon Long-term Fellow.
Contact: megan [dot] heffernan [at] depaul [dot] edu