Dr. Gibbons joined the faculty at CUA in 2009 and serves as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the English Department. His research interests include Renaissance/Early Modern Literature, Religion and Literature, Philosophy and Literature, Aesthetics, and Liturgy.
His scholarly writing and reviews have appeared in TSLL, Religion and Literature, SEL, and The Upstart Crow. His first book (currently under review) focuses on literary engagements with divided spiritual community in Elizabethan and Jacobean England, with special focus on the Book of Common Prayer and the lyric poetry of Edmund Spenser, John Donne, George Herbert, Robert Southwell, and Richard Crashaw. His most current projects include a book-length study of Shakespeare’s struggle with Augustinian theology and articles on Sidney, Spenser, and Chaucer. Dr. Gibbons’ work has been recognized and supported by various fellowships and awards, including the Charlotte W. Newcombe fellowship for work in Religion and Ethics in 2008.
In addition to teaching graduate seminars and undergraduate courses in English and the University Honors Program, Dr. Gibbons advises all current and potential English majors and minors. If you are an English major with questions, or if you are thinking of taking on a major or minor in English, please email or call Dr. Gibbons at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-319-5488.
Dr. Gibbons completed his M.A. (2001) and Ph.D. (2008) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.A. in English at the University of Dallas.
Conflicts of Devotion: Liturgical Poetics in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England (currently under review).
“Rewriting Spiritual Community in Spenser, Donne and the Book of Common Prayer.” TSLL: Texas Studies in Literature and Language 54.1: 8-44.
“Thomas Heywood in the House of the Wise-woman.” SEL 49.2 (Spring 2009): 391-416.
Selected Recent Presentations
“Shakespeare’s Iconic Audience and the Imitation of Henry V,” The Icon, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America. St. Louis, April 2014.
“Inhuman Persuasion in The Tempest,” Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics, 40th Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America. Boston, April 2012.
““To weave a new webbe in their owne loome”: Robert Southwell’s Mission of
Mourning.” 46th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, May 2011.
“Pearls before Swine, or Moly for Odysseus?” The Place of Core Texts in a Research University, 17th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses. Yale University, April 2011.
Dr. Gibbons is also the current Director of Undergraduate Studies in English and advises all current and potential English majors. If you are an English major with questions, or if you are thinking of taking on a major in English, please email or call Dr. Gibbons at email@example.com or 202-319-5488.