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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>, Kristen<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/FAC_poole-kristen-2016_180.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Ned B. Allen ProfessorNamed ProfessorB.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







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  • University of Delaware
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