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313 Memorial Hall<div class="ExternalClass80DB61F040CF4B908A0BFF6252378977"><p> </p><p>Kristen Poole’s intellectual interests range widely across the early modern period (the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries). She is particularly interested in the history of religion/theology, the history of science, and the intersection of the two. She also enjoys thinking about the history of history itself, and how people past and present have conceptualized time and historical movement. She explores these ideas through lots of different early modern texts – the plays and poetry of well-known authors like Shakespeare, Marlowe, Milton, and Spenser, of course, but also lesser-known pamphleteers, theologians, and natural philosophers.</p><p>She has explored these varied interests in her academic publications. She is the author <em>Radical Religion from Shakespeare to Milton: Figures of Nonconformity in Early Modern England</em> (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and <em>Supernatural Environments in Shakespeare's England: Spaces of Demonism, Divinity, and Drama</em> (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She has co-edited several essay collections: with Thomas Fulton, <em>The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage: Cultures of Interpretation in Reformation England</em> (Cambridge University Press, 2018); with Lauren Shohet, <em>Early Modern British Literature in Transition 1557-1623</em> (Volume 1 of <em>Early Modern British Literature in Transition</em>, Stephen B. Dobranski, General Editor) (Cambridge University Press, 2019); and with Owen Williams, a volume tentatively entitled <em>Living Records of Memory: Models of Periodization from and for Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England</em> (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019). She has published extensively on early modern literature, and her essay “‘With Such Joy Surcharg’d’: The Predicament of Satiety in Patristic Theology and <em>Paradise Lost</em>,” <em>Milton Quarterly</em> 49.1 (2015) received The James Holly Hanford Award from the Milton Society of America. </p><p>Professor Poole is currently the General Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of the Renaissance World, a large and wide-ranging digital project that is currently in development; the launch is scheduled for 2021.</p><p>Her interest in theology, ranging from the very early church to modern times, has led Professor Poole to an interest in the ethics of climate change. Her book <em>Christianity in a Time of Climate Change: To Give a Future with Hope</em> explores the ethics of futurity (Wipf and Stock, 2020).</p><p>She is currently working on a study of language and natural philosophy in seventeenth-century England. Her past research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Penn Humanities Forum, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.</p><p>At the undergraduate level she has taught courses on Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, early modern women writers, Milton, the history of “Shakespeare,” and literary theory. She especially enjoys teaching undergraduates at the nexus of the digital and the historic archive. At the graduate level she has taught seminars ranging from the Renaissance culture of dissection to sixteenth-century theories of time to forms of allegory. </p></div>kpoole@udel.eduDocuments Bios CVs/CV-Poole-09-12-2020.pdfPoole, Kristen<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/FAC_poole-kristen-2016_180.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Ned B. Allen ProfessorNamed ProfessorBritish Literature;Digital Humanities;Environmental Humanities;Literature and DramaB.A. English, Carleton College; M.A. and Ph.D., English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University; S.T.M. (Master’s of Sacred Theology), United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia



Christianity in a Time of Climate Change: To Give a Future with HopePoole, KristenWipf and StockEugene, Oregon2020<p>​What does climate change have to do with religion and spirituality? Even though a changing environment will have a dire impact on human populations—affecting everything from food supply to health to housing—the vast majority of Americans do not consider climate change a moral or a religious issue. Yet the damage of climate change, a phenomenon to which we all contribute through our collective carbon emissions, presents an unprecedented ethical problem, one that touches a foundational moral principle of Christianity: Jesus’s dictate to love the neighbor. This care for the neighbor stretches across time as well as space. We are called to care for the neighbors of the future as well as those of the present. How can we connect the ethical considerations of climate change—the knowledge that our actions directly or indirectly cause harm to others—to our individual and collective spiritual practice? <em>Christianity in a Time of Climate Change </em>offers a series of reflective essays that consider the Christian ethics of climate change and suggest ways to fold the neighbors of the future into our spiritual lives as an impetus to meaningful personal, social, and ultimately environmental transformation</p>kpoole
Early Modern Histories of Time The Periodizations of Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century EnglandPoole, KristenWilliams, OwenUniversity of Pennsylvania Press Philadelphia, PA2019<p>​<em>Early Modern Histories of Time</em> examines how a range of chronological modes intrinsic to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries shaped the thought-worlds of those living during this time and explores how these temporally indigenous models can productively influence our own working concepts of historical period. This innovative approach thus moves beyond debates about where we should divide linear time (and what to call the ensuing segments) to reconsider the very concept of "period." Bringing together an eminent cast of literary scholars and historians, the volume develops productive historical models by drawing on the very texts and cultural contexts that are their objects of study. What happens to the idea of "period" when English literature is properly placed within the dynamic currents of pan-European literary phenomena? How might we think of historical period through the palimpsested nature of buildings, through the religious concept of the secular, through the demographic model of the life cycle, even through the repetitive labor of laundering? From theology to material culture to the temporal constructions of Shakespeare, and from the politics of space to the poetics of typology, the essays in this volume take up diverse, complex models of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century temporality and contemplate their current relevance for our own ideas of history. The volume thus embraces the ambiguity inherent in the word "contemporary," moving between our subjects' sense of self-emplacement and the historiographical need to address the questions and concerns that affect us today.</p>kpoole
The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage: Cultures of Interpretation in Reformation EnglandPoole, KristenThomas FultonCambridge University Press2018<p>​The Bible was everywhere in Shakespeare's England. Through sermons, catechisms, treatises, artwork, literature and, of course, biblical reading itself, the stories and language of the Bible pervaded popular and elite culture. In recent years, scholars have demonstrated how thoroughly biblical allusions saturate Shakespearean plays. But Shakespeare's audiences were not simply well versed in the Bible's content - they were also steeped in the practices and methods of biblical interpretation. Reformation and counter-reformation debate focused not just on the biblical text, but - crucially - on how to read the text. The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage is the first volume to integrate the study of Shakespeare's plays with the vital history of Reformation practices of biblical interpretation. Bringing together the foremost international scholars in the field of 'Shakespeare and the Bible', these essays explore Shakespeare's engagement with scriptural interpretation in the tragedies, histories, comedies, and romances.<br></p>kpoole
Supernatural Environments in Shakespeare's England: Spaces of Demonism, Divinity, and DramaPoole, KristenCambridge University PressCambridge2011 together recent scholarship on religion and the spatial imagination, Kristen Poole examines how changing religious beliefs and transforming conceptions of space were mutually informative in the decades around 1600. Supernatural Environments in Shakespeare's England explores a series of cultural spaces that focused attention on interactions between the human and the demonic or divine: the deathbed, purgatory, demonic contracts and their spatial surround, Reformation cosmologies and a landscape newly subject to cartographic surveying. It examines the seemingly incongruous coexistence of traditional religious beliefs and new mathematical, geometrical ways of perceiving the environment. Arguing that the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century stage dramatized the phenomenological tension that resulted from this uneasy confluence, this groundbreaking study considers the complex nature of supernatural environments in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and Shakespeare's Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth and The Tempest.kpoole
Radical Religion from Shakespeare to Milton: Figures of Nonconformity in Early Modern EnglandPoole, KristenCambridge University PressCambridge2000 image of the puritan as a dour and repressive character has been central to ways of reading sixteenth- and seventeenth-century history and literature. Kristen Poole's original study challenges this perception arguing that radical reformers were most often portrayed in literature of the period as deviant, licentious and transgressive. Through extensive analysis of early modern pamphlets, sermons, poetry and plays, the fictional puritan emerges as a grotesque and carnivalesque figure. By recovering this lost satirical image, Poole sheds new light on the social role played by anti-puritan rhetoric.kpoole





College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Scholarship Award<p>​<strong>Kristen Poole,</strong> Ned B. Allen Professor of English, was awarded the College of Arts & Sciences Award of Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship. Dr. Poole, who earned a graduate degree in theology in 2019 to deepen and expand her mastery of the field of English literature of the 16th and 17th centuries, is described as a dedicated, multidimensional scholar and teacher. Her first-rate scholarship includes two books, 25 articles and three co-edited volumes.</p>Poole, Kristenkpoole

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