Kristen Poole, Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor
Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor
313 Memorial Hall
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, Radical Religion from Shakespeare to Milton: Figures of Nonconformity in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Supernatural Environments in Shakespeare's England: Spaces of Demonism, Divinity, and Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She has co-edited three essay collections: with Thomas Fulton, The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage: Cultures of Interpretation in Reformation England (Cambridge University Press, 2018); with Lauren Shohet, Early Modern British Literature in Transition 1557-1623 (Volume 1 of Early Modern British Literature in Transition, Stephen B. Dobranski, General Editor) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018); and with Owen Williams, a volume tentatively entitled Living Records of Memory: Models of Periodization from and for Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England (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 Paradise Lost," Milton Quarterly 49.1 (2015) received The James Holly Hanford Award from the Milton Society of America. She is also the editor of the Luminary Digital Media iPad app of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/luminary-digital-media-llc/id516373705?mt=8.
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 Christianity in a Time of Climate Change: Towards an Ethics of Futurity. Her research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Penn Humanities Forum, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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, https://shakespeareshenriad.weebly.com/. 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.
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