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  • Sylvester Cruz
  • Graduate Student
  • At Rutgers Since: 2018
  • sylvester.cruz@rutgers.edu
  • Primary Areas of Specialization: Drama of the English Renaissance (from Antiquity to the First Civil War) | Intellectual History, esp. the history of Renaissance Humanism and historical affect theory | History of Reading, esp. Protestant Biblical commentary and allegoresis
  • Field of Interest: Early Modern, Medieval, Pedagogy, Poetry & Poetics, Seventeenth Century, Theory
  • About:

    Sylvester Cruz is a doctoral student in the English department at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He is a third culture adult, having been raised as a dual citizen of both the United States and the Republic of South Africa, and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz. His primary research interests are the drama, literature, and poetry of the Early Modern period, as well as the history of ethics, interpretation, and the emotions. He is especially interested in how biblical hermeneutics shaped the intersection of allegorical literature and early modern affect theory, as well as how the tradition of Roman Stoicism informed humanist literary and philosophical texts.

  • Education: B.A., General Literature, University of California - Santa Cruz