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Daniel Gibbons – Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in English

Dan Gibbons

Dr. Gibbons joined the faculty at CUA in 2009 and serves as an Associate 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 gibbonsd@cua.edu 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.

Gibbons teaching outside

Research

Selected Publications

Conflicts of Devotion: Liturgical Poetics in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England (University of Notre Dame Press, 2017).
 
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.

 

Administration

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 gibbonsd@cua.edu or 202-319-5488. 

 

Contact

Office: 235 Marist Annex 
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-238-2035

E-mail: gibbonsd@cua.edu

Courses

  • HUM 101 – Classics in Context
  • HSHU 203 – The Age of Discovery
  • HSLS 202 – Mary: Mother, Woman, Idea
  • ENG 331– Intensive Readings: Lyric
  • ENG 345 – The Epic Tradition from Homer to Walcott
  • ENG 347 – Christian Literary Traditions
  • ENG 431-2 – Senior Seminar [Topics have included Metaphysical Poetry, Edmund Spenser, and James Joyce]
  • ENG 461-2 – Shakespeare
  • ENG 494 – Dante in Translation
  • ENG 702 – Modern Literary Criticism and Theory
  • ENG 744: – Literature and Religion in Early Modern England
  • ENG 762 – Readings in Renaissance Literature
  • ENG 861 – Renaissance Lyric
  • ENG 864 – Augustine and Early Modern Literature

Education

Ph.D.: English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008.

M.A.: English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001.

B.A.: English, University of Dallas

Areas of Expertise

  • Renaissance/Early Modern Drama and Poetry
  • Religion and Literature
  • Shakespearean and non-Shakespearean Drama
  • Liturgy and Poetry
  • Metaphysical Poetry
  • Epic Poetry