Allen, Michael J.


Allen, Michael J.
Distinguished Professor
Humanities 292
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  • B.A., and M.A. in English, D.Litt. in History, Wadham College, Oxford, 1964, 1966, 1987
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1970


Teaching focus: the range of English literature from the Anglo-Saxons to Milton, and especially Chaucer and Shakespeare. Research focus: the philosophical, theological, magical, and mythological issues explored by the fifteenth century Italian Platonists, Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola. Also an adjunct member of UCLA's Department of Italian.

Selected Works

  • Marsilio Ficino: The Philebus Commentary (1975)
  • Marsilio Ficino and the Phaedran Charioteer (1981)
  • The Platonism of Marsilio Ficino (1984)
  • Icastes: Marsilio Ficino's Interpretation of Plato's 'Sophist' (1989)
  • Nuptial Arithmetic: Marsilio Ficino's Commentary on the Fatal Number in Book VIII of Plato's 'Republic' (1994)
  • Plato's Third Eye: Studies in Marsilio Ficino's Metaphysics and its Sources (1995)
  • Synoptic Art: Marsilio Ficino on the History of Platonic Interpretation (1998)
  • Marsilio Ficino: Platonic Theology, Ed. and tr. with James Hankins, six vols. (2001-2006)
  • Marsilio Ficino: Commentaries on Plato: Volume I: Phaedrus and Ion (2008)
  • Marsilio Ficino: On Dionysius the Areopagite: Vol. 1:  On Mystical Theology & The Divine Names, Part I;  Vol. 2: On The Divine Names, Part II (2015).
Also coauthor of Sources and Analogues of Old English Poetry: the Major Latin Texts (1976), and coeditor of Shakespeare's Plays in Quarto (1982), Sir Philip Sidney's Achievements (1989), and Marsilio Ficino: His Theology, His Philosophy, His Legacy (2002).

Additional Information

Director of UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (1988-93), Senior Editor of Renaissance Quarterly (1993-2001), Phi Beta Kappa National Visiting Scholar (2007-08), and President of the Renaissance Society of America (2006-08). Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship; the Eby Award for Undergraduate Teaching; UCLA's Faculty Research Lectureship; visiting professorships at Munich, Toronto, Tempe, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; the Commendatore decoration from the Italian Republic (2007); the International Galileo Galilei Prize (2008); election as a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (2012); Scholar in Residence, American Academy in Rome (Spring 2013); the Renaissance Society of America’s Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015.