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Dr. William Junker

Assistant Professor, Catholic Studies; Co-Director, Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy
Degree
Ph.D. John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought and the Department of English, University of Chicago, 2011
Office
309 Sitzmann Hall
Phone
(651) 962-5706

Academic History

Ph.D. John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought and the Department of English, University of Chicago, 2011
M.A. Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 2003
B.A. English, University of Dallas, 2001

Expertise

Shakespeare
English Renaissance Poetry and Drama
Literary Criticism and Theory
History of Political Thought

Selected Publications

“Spenser, Plato, and Platonism,” in Edmund Spenser in Context, ed. Andrew Escobedo (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

"Benedict Among the Brambles: A Revisionary Reading of Gregory the Great's Life of Benedict," The Journal of Religion & Literature 45.3 (2013): 1-24.

"Spenser's Unarmed Cupid and the Experience of the 1590 Faerie Queene," ELH 79.1 (2012): 59-83.

"'Wonderfully Ravished': Platonic Erotics and the Heroic Genre in Sir Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy," The Ben Jonson Journal 18.1 (2011): 45-65.

Reviews

Hans Boersma. Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa (Oxford University Press, 2014). In Marginalia (forthcoming).

Heather Hirschfeld. The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare (Cornell University Press, 2014). In Comparative Drama 49.1 (2015) (forthcoming).

Ann Baynes Coiro and Thomas Fulton, eds. Rethinking Historicism from Shakespeare to Milton (Cambridge University Press, 2012). In Modern Philology 112.1 (2014).

Julia Reinhard Lupton. Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life (Chicago, 2011).

The Ben Jonson Journal 20.1 (2013): 148-154. 

Sarah Beckwith. Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness (Cornell, 2011). Early Modern Literary Studies (forthcoming). 

Jane Kingsley-Smith. Cupid in Early Modern Literature and Culture (Cambridge, 2011). Early
Modern Literary Studies 16.1 (2012)

Guy Story Brown. Shakespeare's Philosopher-King: Reading the Tragedy of King Lear (Mercer, 2010).

Early Modern Literary Studies 15.3 (2011)

Jean-Luc Marion. The Erotic Phenomenon (Chicago, 2008). American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 82.2 (2008): 370-374.

Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CSMA 549 - 01 Dante M - W - - - - 1330 - 1630 55S 207
CRN: 30395 3 Credit Hours Instructor: William J. Junker This course considers particular topics in the area of Catholic Studies and the Arts. Although the topics will vary, the courses will have both an aesthetic foundation and an interdisiplinary focus. These topics courses will fulfill the area requirement of Catholic Studies and the Arts.

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GENG 572 - 01 Dante M - W - - - - 1330 - 1630 55S 207
CRN: 30612 3 Credit Hours Instructor: William J. Junker Possible topics may include literature and film, the Bible and literature, the memoir, ecology and literature, literatures of the Holocaust, and literary biography. Credit may be earned more than once under this course number for different emphases.

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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 392 - 01 Dante's Divine Comedy - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 55S 207
CRN: 43341 4 Credit Hours Instructor: William J. Junker This interdisciplinary Catholic Studies/literature course explores Dante Alighierl's Divine Comedy in its literary, historical, theological, religious, political, and linguistic contexts. The course studies in critical detail the complete text of the Commedia in English as well as portions of related works such as Dante's La Vita Nuova. Throughout the course, particular attention will be paid to the Divine Comedy's Catholic Christian themes. Prerequsites: ENGL 111/112 or 190

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CSMA 598 - 10 Dante - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700
CRN: 43548 3 Credit Hours Instructor: William J. Junker

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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