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Brendan Prawdzik

Brendan Prawdzik

Assistant Teaching Professor of English

310 Burrowes Building
State College , PA 16801
Office Phone: (510) 684-8211

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2019: Tuesday, 10-12; Wednesday, 10-11; or by appointment.

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. PhD, University of California-Berkeley, 2009
  2. BA, Rutgers University, 2001
  3. Roberta Holloway Postdoctoral Fellow (poetics), University of California-Berkeley, 2010-11
  4. Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellow (theology and media), UCLA, 2009-10
  5. Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, The University of St. Andrews, 2001-02

Professional Bio

Dr. Prawdzik specializes in early modern literature.

His book, Theatrical Milton: Politics and Poetics of the Staged Body (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) explores the presence of theatrical rhetoric and structures in Milton and early modern culture. The paperback is now available (December 2019).

His article, "'Til Eyes and Tears Be the Same Things: Marvell's Spirituality and the Senses of History," was awarded the Albert W. Fields Award for the most accomplished article published in Explorations in Renaissance Culture in 2015. His article, "Naked Writhing Flesh: Rhetorical Authority, Theatrical Recursion, and Milton's Poetics of the Viewed Body" appears in With Wandering Steps: Generative Ambiguity in Milton's Poetics. His chapter on Aristotle's Poetics and Milton's Samson Agonistes appears in Closet Drama: History, Theory, and Genre, ed. Catherine Burroughs (Routledge: 2018). His article, "Greenwashing Marvell," is forthcoming in a special issue of Marvell Studies focused on "Marvell and Theory" (February, 2018). He has also just published the guide, Andrew Marvell: Poet, Polemicist, Politician, for the Gale Researcher (2018).

He is developing several additional projects: on secret bird-hunting scenes in Shakespeare and Marvell; on Milton in Hawthorne and the early American imagination; and on the writings of John Bulwer and the epistemological crisis of 1642-53, a span that includes all of Bulwer's works.

Prawdzik has published several works in additional venues on John Milton, Andrew Marvell, and early modern culture. He is writing a second book titled, A Time to Weep: Loss and Material Systems in British Literature, 1633-88. This project considers how a politically and religiously diverse range of early modern authors responded to historical loss by turning to material systems that traverse "nature" and "culture."  

He has taught at the University of California-Berkeley, The University of the Pacific, and Christian Brothers University. He has been at Penn State since Fall, 2015.