I teach first-year courses and undergraduate courses in the history of reading, Milton, Shakespeare, sixteenth and seventeenth-century literature, Religion and literature, the Bible and literature, and special topics for upper level undergraduate and graduate students, including a recent course on William Blake. I served recently as President of the International John Bunyan Society (2016-19), a scholarly community that focuses on Dissent and Nonconformity in the Long Reformation.
I am currently working on a book on reading urban spaces in Milton, Bunyan, Blake, and Orwell. Publications include: Gifts and Graces: Prayer, Poetry, and Polemic from Lancelot Andrewes to John Bunyan (University of Toronto Press, 2021); “Bunyan in Prison: Writings from the 1660’s,” The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan, ed. Michael Davies and W.R. Owens (Oxford University Press, 2018); Locating the Past / Discovering the Present: Comparative Perspectives on Religion, Culture and Marginality, ed. David Gay and Stephen Reimer (University of Alberta Press, 2010); The Endless Kingdom: Milton’s Scriptural Society (Delaware University Press, 2002).
This variable content course introduces methods of literary research as an in-depth process through one or more case studies. Not to be taken by students with *6 in approved junior English. This course can only be taken once for credit. Note: refer to the Class Schedule and the Department of English and Film Studies website for specific topics.
An introduction to the history of literature by reading a wide range of texts across 800 years with a focus on cultural and social change. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101 or 102.
Studies in a selection of plays. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101 or 102. Note: Not to be taken by students with credit in ENGL 338.
Selected works written in English. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101 or 102.