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Dr. William Junker

Assistant Professor of 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
Sitzmann Hall 301
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.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 301 - D01 The Catholic Vision M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 55S 207
CRN: 41007 4 Credit Hours Instructor: William J. Junker At the center of the Catholic vision are the two great works of divine love: creation and redemption. This course considers the implications of these divine works for a radical reconsideration of the world and the human person. Students will examine characteristic Catholic approaches to and emphases concerning creation, redemption and ecclesiology, and discuss how Catholic understandings of creation and redemption inform, respond to, and critique Catholic practices in various cultural settings. In addition, the course will compare and contrast contemporary Catholic cultural monuments with that produced in earlier eras, and compare and contrast Catholic Christianity with other forms of Christian and non-Christian belief and practices. In illustrating its themes, the course draws upon sources in art, literature, history, philosophy, and theology with special attention given to the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural consequences of Catholic doctrine. Prerequisites: Junior standing and CATH 101 and 201

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CATH 392 - 01 Dante's Divine Comedy M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 55S 207
CRN: 42243 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. Prerequisites: ENGL 111/112 or 190

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CSMA 549 - 01 Dante - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 55S 207
CRN: 42584 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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CSMA 598 - 06 T.S. Eliot's Thought & Style - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43476 3 Credit Hours Instructor: William J. Junker

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 301 - D01 The Catholic Vision M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 55S 207
CRN: 20016 4 Credit Hours Instructor: William J. Junker At the center of the Catholic vision are the two great works of divine love: creation and redemption. This course considers the implications of these divine works for a radical reconsideration of the world and the human person. Students will examine characteristic Catholic approaches to and emphases concerning creation, redemption and ecclesiology, and discuss how Catholic understandings of creation and redemption inform, respond to, and critique Catholic practices in various cultural settings. In addition, the course will compare and contrast contemporary Catholic cultural monuments with that produced in earlier eras, and compare and contrast Catholic Christianity with other forms of Christian and non-Christian belief and practices. In illustrating its themes, the course draws upon sources in art, literature, history, philosophy, and theology with special attention given to the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural consequences of Catholic doctrine. Prerequisites: Junior standing and CATH 101 and 201

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CATH 301 - D02 The Catholic Vision M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 55S B10
CRN: 21245 4 Credit Hours Instructor: William J. Junker At the center of the Catholic vision are the two great works of divine love: creation and redemption. This course considers the implications of these divine works for a radical reconsideration of the world and the human person. Students will examine characteristic Catholic approaches to and emphases concerning creation, redemption and ecclesiology, and discuss how Catholic understandings of creation and redemption inform, respond to, and critique Catholic practices in various cultural settings. In addition, the course will compare and contrast contemporary Catholic cultural monuments with that produced in earlier eras, and compare and contrast Catholic Christianity with other forms of Christian and non-Christian belief and practices. In illustrating its themes, the course draws upon sources in art, literature, history, philosophy, and theology with special attention given to the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural consequences of Catholic doctrine. Prerequisites: Junior standing and CATH 101 and 201

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CATH 308 - L1 Woman and Man M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 55S 207
CRN: 21246 4 Credit Hours Instructor: William J. Junker This course examines the definition of "woman" and "man" from both the historical and the philosophical perspective. Readings and discussion center on the question of (1) whether there are important philosophical differences between women and men and (2) whether such differences are natural or socially constructed. The implications of various answers to those questions are then examined, with special attention given to the Catholic tradition's reflections on the nature and ends of marriage, the character of priestly ordination, friendship between women and men, and human sexuality. The purpose of this course is to examine the ways in which thinkers from a wide spectrum have construed male/female relationships. A major component of this course consists in the study of power and the way it operates both in history and in contemporary culture. This course fulfills the core curriculum requirement in Human Diversity. Prerequisite: PHIL 115

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