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I received my doctorate in English Renaissance literature from the University of Notre Dame (M.A., Ph.D., 2011) and my undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy from Wheaton College (B.A., 2001). 

My research interests include: English Reformation literature and historiography; Tudor poetics; critical theory; early modern politics and aesthetics; and poverty and literature. I am currently working on a book project on religious identity in 16th and 17th century English poetry entitled "Some newer name than Christian": Confessionalization in Early Modern English Literature. It examines English literary conceptions of the divided Church and the changing relationship between literary and doctrinal "profession" in the works of Philip Sidney, George Gascoigne, Edmund Spenser, Thomas Nashe, Christopher Marlowe, and John Donne. 

I have recently completed essays on Sidney's Defence of Poesy ("Affirming Something: Sidney's Defence of Poesy and the (Dis)Harmony of the Confessions," Sidney Journal, May 2014) and on Foucault and Donne (forthcoming). I also do work in the scholarship of teaching and learning, focusing on "keyword" studies and technologies for enhancing close reading skills in the classroom. 


 © Joel Dodson 2014