Milton; British Renaissance/17th century literature; religious poetry; epic poetry; Donne; Shakespeare; classical literature
Early American literature, comparative colonial studies, history of the book, religious poetry, hemispheric and transatlantic studies.
Renaissance literature, English and other languages; intellectual and religious history; poetry and poetics from the Renaissance to the present.
Research 20th-21st Century Latin American Narrative, Modern and Contemporary Mexican NovelInterests Mexican modernity; representations of urban space in the Latin American novel; the novel as social mapping; formation and preservation of collective memory after traumatic historical moments (i.e. Tlatelolco in Mexico and Southern Cone dictatorships); cognitive approaches to individual and shared memory; (dys)functions of memorials and museums; narratives on class, gender, and migration; religious syncretism; poetry (as performance).
religion and literature, the Bible, the contemporary novel, and trauma theory
Merrill Cole is Professor of English at Western Illinois University, where he teaches literature and creative writing. He spearheaded the development of the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Queer Studies, of which he serves as Advisor. In 2010-11, he was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Germany. Cole is the author of The Other Orpheus: A Poetics of Modern Homosexuality, which was reissued in 2017, as well as numerous essays, creative narratives, and poems. His translation from the German of Anita Berber and Sebastian Droste’s Dances of Vice, Horror, and Ecstasy was published in 2012 by Side Real Press. He is HIV+.
Bro. Ignatius Mary (also known as Couer de Lion —the “Lionhearted” and “The Doctor”) is an apologist, catechist, theologian, lay Nouthetic counselor, spiritual director, poet, and writer. He is also an occult expert and Deliverance Counselor. He holds the positions of Superior & Chancellor of the Oblates and Missioners of St. Michael, Commandant of the Fraternity of the Legionnaires of St. Michael, Director of the St. Padre Pio Center for Deliverance Counseling, and Dean of the St. Michael Academy for Spiritual Warfare and Deliverance Counseling Brother is a former Baptist preacher/evangelist who was received into full communion into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 1993. The lectures of Scott Hahn on the faith and an intense study of the Bible convinced Brother that he must become Catholic. Later that year he met Scott and Kimberly Hahn who invited him to join, and did later join, a new organization that was forming at the time, the Coming Home Network.
Christopher Pexa specializes in 19th and 20th century Native American and U.S. literatures, Native American studies, and settler colonial studies, with an emphasis on questions of indigenous ethics, sovereignty, and nationalism. He is completing a book, under contract with University of Minnesota Press, entitled Translated Nation: Rewriting the Dakota Oyate, that explores the ambivalent ways in which allotment-era Dakota authors played to white regimes of legibility while at the same time honoring tribal common sense and producing a contemporary Dakota nationhood. Pexa’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in PMLA, Wíčazo Ša Review, SAIL, and MELUS. He is also a published poet and is currently working on a book of prose poetry, entitled Throne of Horses, about the afterlives of Indian boarding schools.
Early modern France and Europe (Literature, Philosophy, Religious Thought).
Milton, Seventeenth Century, Law and Literature, Human Rights, Badiou, Religious Studies