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Brendan Prawdzik, , PhD

Brendan Prawdzik , PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor of English

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

Office Hours:

  • FALL 2017:
  • Tuesdays, 12-1
  • Wednesdays, 9-11
  • 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, April 2017) explores the presence of theatrical rhetoric and structures in Milton and early modern culture.

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 best article published in Explorations in Renaissance Culture in 2015. His article, "Naked Writhing Flesh: Rhetorical Authority, Theatrical Recursion, and 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 will appear shortly in Closet Drama: History, Theory, and Genre, ed. Catherine Burroughs (Routledge).

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 John Evelyn's Fumifugium

Prawdzik has published several works in additional venues on John Milton, Andrew Marvell, and early modern culture. He is working on a second book titled, A Time to Weep: Alternative Temporality and the Poetics of Loss in Early Modern English Literature, 1633-88.  He has taught at the University of California-Berkeley, The University of the Pacific, and Christian Brothers University and has been at Penn State since Fall, 2015.