Joel M. Dodson, Ph.D.

Joel Dodson

Assistant Professor of English

English Renaissance Literature, Critical Theory

Office: Engleman Hall D280
Phone: 203.392.6903




M.A., Ph.D., English, University of Notre Dame, 2011
B.A., English and Philosophy, Wheaton College, 2001

About Professor Dodson

I teach courses on early British literature (16th and 17th century), critical theory, and first-year writing. I am particularly interested in the poetry and drama of the English Renaissance and Reformation, including Shakespeare’s contemporaries Edmund Spenser, Philip Sidney, Christopher Marlowe, and John Donne. My current research is focused on religious division and late Tudor poetics. For more information about my work, including course syllabi, see my personal webpage above.  

Recent Courses Taught

ENG 508 – Contemporary Critical Theory (Grad)
ENG 542 – Shakespeare (Grad)
ENG 587 - Literature of Reformation England (Grad)
ENG 452, 552 – English Renaissance
ENG 321 - British Literature Through History (I)
ENG 308 – Literary Studies: Critical Theories
ENG 307 – Literary Analysis for English Majors
LIT 306 – Classical Drama
ENG 219 – The City and Literature
HON 150 - Introduction to Critical Inquiry
ENG 110, 112 – Composition I and II

Selected Publications

“Affirming Something: Sidney’s Defence and the (Dis)Harmony of the Confessions,” Sidney Journal 32.1 (2014): 39-68.

“Foucault, Confession, and Donne,” in Forms of Faith: Literary Form and Religious Conflict in Early Modern England, ed. Isabel Karremann and Jonathan Baldo (forthcoming 2015, Manchester University Press)

Theatre Rev. of Tamburlaine, Parts I and II, Theatre for a New Audience, Nov 1-Dec 21, 2014. Marlowe Society of America Newsletter (Fall 2014).

Book Rev. of Shakespeare and Religion: Early Modern and Postmodern Perspectives, ed. Arthur Marotti and Ken Jackson. The Comparatist (May 2013)

Book Rev. of The Aesthetics of Antichrist: From Christian Drama to Christopher Marlowe, by John Parker. Marlowe Society of America Newsletter (Fall 2008)