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Dr. William Junker

Co-Director of the Murphy Institute and Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies
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 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CSMA 549 - 01 Shakespeare Nature & Grace M - W - - - - 0900 - 1200 55S 207

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1200

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

30480 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

William J. Junker

This course examines the relationship between the natural and supernatural orders as imagined in the drama of Shakespeare. Some questions we will ask include: What is the relationship between good (and bad) human acts and the broader order of creation? What effect, if any, does the supernatural gift of grace play in transforming human action? How does such grace find representation within Shakespeare's plays? Does Shakespeare offer a consistent picture of how God relates to the world of nature and human action? We will pursue these questions through a close reading of a number of Shakespeare's plays.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 101 - D01 The Search for Happiness M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 55S B10

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

55S B10

Course Registration Number:

41171 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

William J. Junker

This course provides a critical investigation into the quest for meaning and happiness as found in the Catholic tradition. Beginning with fundamental Catholic claims about what it means to be a human being, this course explores the call to beatitude in materials from several disciplines, including theology, philosophy, literature, and art, as well as ancient, medieval, and contemporary sources. Topics explored include a consideration of human persons in relation to divine persons, the supernatural end to human life, the human person as experiencing desire and suffering, the Christian paradox that joy may be found in the giving of one's self, and the search for happiness through friendship and love. Through all these topics, the course particularly examines the question, "What is the specifically unique character of Christian happiness?"

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CATH 101 - D02 The Search for Happiness M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 55S 207

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

41541 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

William J. Junker

This course provides a critical investigation into the quest for meaning and happiness as found in the Catholic tradition. Beginning with fundamental Catholic claims about what it means to be a human being, this course explores the call to beatitude in materials from several disciplines, including theology, philosophy, literature, and art, as well as ancient, medieval, and contemporary sources. Topics explored include a consideration of human persons in relation to divine persons, the supernatural end to human life, the human person as experiencing desire and suffering, the Christian paradox that joy may be found in the giving of one's self, and the search for happiness through friendship and love. Through all these topics, the course particularly examines the question, "What is the specifically unique character of Christian happiness?"

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CATH 297 - L02 Metaphysical Poetry M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 55S

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

55S

Course Registration Number:

43288 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

William J. Junker

The ambitious lyric poetry of late 16th-17th century England is known as "metaphysical" poetry on account of the breadth and ambition of its language. This poetry is seemingly able to link anything to anything else, and everything to God. Some poets we will consider include: John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell, and Henry Vaughan.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 297 - L01 Topics: Metaphysical Poetry M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 55S 207

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

43287 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

William J. Junker

The ambitious lyric poetry of late 16th-17th century England is known as "metaphysical" poetry on account of the breadth and ambition of its language. This poetry is seemingly able to link anything to anything else, and everything to God. Some poets we will consider include: John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell, and Henry Vaughan. This course satisfies the core literature/writing requirement for students who started that core requirement with an ENGL 201-204 class, counts as an elective course for English majors, and satisfies an allied requirement for select business majors. It also counts as a Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn class. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location