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

Articles and Book Chapters
“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)

Online Essays

"Was Edmund Spenser a Catholic / a Protestant / a Humanist?: Keywords and The Faerie Queene," in "How to Read The Faerie Queene: A Forum," Spenser Review 44.3 (Winter 2015)


Book Rev. Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England, by Brooke Conti. Catholic Historical Review (Spring 2015)

Book Rev. Imitatio Christi: The Poetics of Piety in Early Modern England, by Nandra Perry. Sidney Journal 33.1 (2015)

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)