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  • Aidan Selmer
  • Graduate Student
  • ajs651@rutgers.edu
  • Primary Areas of Specialization: Early Modern English poetry and drama in the context of post-Reformation church history
  • Field of Interest: Book and Media History, Drama & Performance Studies, Early Modern, Poetry & Poetics
  • About:

    My research examines early modern English poetry and drama in the context of post-Reformation church history. I have working projects on religious nationalism and discrimination in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Othello, John Milton's indebtedness in Paradise Lost to Paul's writings on religious mystery as a key way to realize religious "truth" in a faith community, and Edmund Spenser's ambivalence towards religious iconoclasm. I also work on the influence that music theory and media exerts upon early modern English literature. My work on this front includes research on the lyric "Take, o take those lips away," a likely non-Shakespearean song added to his play, Measure for Measure, which invites disruptive associations with popular revenge tragedy entiteld Rollo, Duke of Normandy; and a broad reassessment of the status of vocal songs within the poetry of Edmund Spenser.

  • Awards:

    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada--Doctoral Fellow

    Catherine Musello Cantelupo Prize--awarded for paper entitled, "The Body Politics of Kneeling in Titus Andronicus and the Book of Common Prayer"

  • Membership Affiliations:

    Renaissance Society of America

  • Education: B.A. Summa Cum Laude, College of William & Mary M.A. University of Toronto
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  • Sylvester Cruz
  • Graduate Student
  • At Rutgers Since: 2018
  • sjc282@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 research interests include the history of education from antiquity into the early modern period, the history of dramatic form, and the historical experience of emotion.

  • Education: B.A., General Literature, University of California - Santa Cruz
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  • Salvador Ayala Camarillo
  • Graduate Student
  • At Rutgers Since: 2017
  • sia42@rutgers.edu
  • Field of Interest: Hemispheric, Twentieth Century, Twenty-first Century
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  • Kathryn Blakely
  • Graduate Student
  • keb193@rutgers.edu
  • Field of Interest: Gender & Sexuality, Restoration & Eighteenth Century, Romantic