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313 Memorial Hall<div class="ExternalClassB96120D495D249BC8EDB18A1BE5DAF7C"><p>Kristen Poole received her BA from Carleton College (1989) and her MA and PhD from Harvard University (1991, 1996); she is currently completing a Master's of Sacred Theology (STM) from the United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia, specializing in historical theology. Her research focuses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature and culture, with a particular focus on religious history and the history of science. She is the author of two books, <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 three 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, forthcoming 2018); 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, forthcoming 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. She is also the editor of the <em>Luminary Digital Media </em>iPad app of Shakespeare's <em>Romeo and Juliet</em>, <a href=""></a>.</p><p>Professor Poole is currently working on two book projects, a study of language and natural philosophy in seventeenth-century England and a book with the working title of <em>Christianity in a Time of Climate Change:</em><em><strong> </strong></em><em>Towards an Ethics of Futurity</em>. Her 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, <a href=""></a>. 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>, 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. English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University; Ph.D. English, Harvard University



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





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