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David Anderson

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David K. Anderson studies the poetry and drama of the English Renaissance, and the relationship between literature and religion. He is particularly interested in William Shakespeare, John Milton, Christopher Marlowe, John Donne, John Foxe and George Herbert, as well as Reformation history, the Western theological tradition and the work of René Girard. His first book is entitled Martyrs and Players in Early Modern England: Tragedy, Religion and Violence on Stage and was published by Ashgate Press in 2014. It considers how the sixteenth-century cultural crisis surrounding religious violence is reflected in the tragedy of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Dr. Anderson’s next project will explore the theological implications of the pre-Christian setting of Shakespeare’s Greco-Roman plays. Beyond that, he is interested in the shifting, overlapping and contradictory conceptualizations of freedom in the early modern period and also in Milton’s political theology and his place in the Protestant theological tradition. He has published articles on John Donne’s poetry in Renaissance and Reformation, on King Lear and sacrificial violence in ELH and on Marlowe and damnation in Texas Studies in Literature and Language. An article on political theology and As You Like It is currently out for review.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Anderson has a BA (Hon) from Queen’s University (Kingston), an MA from Dalhousie University (Halifax) and a PhD from McGill University (Montreal). He has previously taught courses at McGill, Trinity College (at the University of Toronto), and Ryerson University.

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