Wesleyan portrait of John Michael Kuhn

John Michael Kuhn

Visiting Assistant Professor of English

285 Court Street, 210


BA University Of Kansas
MPHIL Columbia University
PHD Columbia University

John Michael Kuhn

B.A. (summa cum laude, PBK), English, University of Kansas (2008), Ph.D., English, Columbia (2016). John Kuhn teaches and writes about the literature and history of 17th-century England and the Atlantic world. His main scholarly interests are in Renaissance and Restoration theater and performance, the history of comparative religious study, and the links between the disciplines of colonial ethnography and antiquarianism in the early modern period. Secondary interests include Atlantic studies (particularly the question of how indigenous studies might allow us to reframe Renaissance literature), local and social history, early modern apocalypticism, and the poetry of George Herbert. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the journals English Literary Renaissance and Early Theater and the edited volume Prophecy and Eschatology in the Atlantic World, 1500-1700He is currently at work on a monograph about theatrical spectacle and comparative religion in early modern England, as well as decidedly miscellaneous articles about the vexed, transcultural, transatlantic history of the hammock; the transnational circulation of George Herbert's apocalyptic poetry; the trope of sudden death by narratively-convenient broken heart in Jacobean drama; and the staging and ethical functions of corpse-piles in domestic tragedy. In 2017, his dissertation--Making Pagans: Theatrical Practice and Comparative Religion in Early Modern England--received an Honorable Mention for the J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize, awarded through a blind review process by the Shakespeare Association of America. 

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