Edward Nathan Simon
Associate Editor, The Marginalia Review of Books a channel of The Los Angeles Review of Books
PhD, English – Lehigh University, 2017
Post-Graduate Certificate (PGCert), Renaissance Studies – University of Strathclyde, 2008
MA, Literary and Cultural Studies – Carnegie-Mellon University, 2007
BA, English with minors in Philosophy and Religious Studies – Washington & Jefferson College, 2006
The American Strand: Directional Poetics and Apocalypse in the Early Modern Atlantic
RESEARCH AND TEACHING SPECIALIZATION
Transatlantic early modern literature; religion and literature; national epic; gender, race and religion in the Renaissance; discovery narratives; spatial theory; composition pedagogy; creative non-fiction; public humanities; digital humanities; writing and publishing
“Teaching the Renaissance and Spatiality,” in Teaching Space, Place, and Literature, edited by Robert Tally (forthcoming, Modern Language Association, 2017).
“’The One Who Knocks:’ Milton’s Lucifer and the American Tragic Character,” in The Hermeneutics of Hell: Visions and Representations of the Devil in World Literature, edited by Dan Russ and Gregor Thuswaldner, (forthcoming, Palgrave-McMillan, 2017).
“Joel Barlow’s Miltonic Epic and Western Directional Poetics,” in special issue of Milton Studies: Milton in the Americas, edited by Angelica Duran and Elizabeth Saur (forthcoming, Duquesne University Press, 2016).
“The Fantasy of Non-Colonial Conversion in Unca Eliza Winkfield’s The Female American” in Women’s Studies: An inter-disciplinary journal, edited by Denise MacNeil (forthcoming, Taylor and Francis, 2016).
“Bradstreet and Trans-Atlantic Non-Conformism in the American-Prophetic Mode” in anthology Prophecy and Eschatology in the trans-Atlantic World, 1500-1800, edited by Andrew Crome (Palgrave-McMillan, 2016).
“Political Theology and the Alternate Enlightenment in Blake and Husband” in anthology Globalizing the American Revolution, edited by Maria O’Malley and Denys van Renen (Routledge Press, 2016).
“Cotton Mather’s Heterodox Puritanism and the Construction of America” in anthology Catholics and Puritans in the trans-Atlantic world, 1500-1800, edited by Crawford Gribben and Scott Spurlock (Palgrave-McMillan, 2015).
“Legends of the Saints,” in American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore, edited by Jeffrey Webb (ABC-CLIO, 2015).
Select Academic Book Reviews
Regina Schwartz’s Sacramental Poetics at the Dawn of Secularism: When God Left the World, in Theopoetics: A Journal of Theological Imagination, Literature, Embodiment, and Aesthetics, 2015
Michael Martin’s Literature and the Encounter with God in Post-Reformation England, in the Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 2015
Demitra Papadinis’ The Tragedie of Macbeth: A Frankly Annotated First Folio Edition, in the Sixteenth Century Journal, 2014
Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici and Urne-Buriall edited by Stephen Greenblatt and Ramie Targoff, in This Rough Magic: A Peer-Reviewed, Academic, Online Journal Dedicated to the Teaching of Medieval and Renaissance Literature, 2013.
James Simpson’s Under the Hammer: Iconoclasm in the Anglo-American Tradition, in the Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 2013.
Select Journalistic Writing
“A Magazine for the Complicated American,” History News Network, 2016.
“Featured Heretic: Hypatia,” excommunicated, 2016.
“The Death of God, Again,” Marginalia: A Los Angeles Review of Books Chanel, 2016.
“Recall, Orpheus: Upon the End of National Poetry Month,” Befrois, 2016.
“Mayday’s Demise and the Rise of our Gloomy Empire,” Religion Dispatches, 2016.
“What was Shakespeare’s Central Philosophy?” Literary Hub, 2016.
“Beyond Shakespeare: A Reading List,” Literary Hub, 2016.
“Who would Jesus vote for?” History News Network, 2016.
Featured at Raw Story.
“Amelia Lanyer, the First Female Jewish English Poet and Shakespeare’s Dark Lady?” Tablet Magazine, 2016.
“Five Hundred Years of Utopia,” Jacobin, 2016.
“Richard Barnfield: The Rival Poet’s Lover,” The Fortnightly Review, 2016.
“Daddy, What did you do in the Culture Wars?” Berfrois, 2016.
“Who Really Discovered America?” History News Network, 2016.
“This is How Deep Racism Runs in our Country,” History News Network, 2016.
“Of Canons and Marginal Poets,” Queen Mob’s Teahouse, 2016.
Featured in The Paris Review.
Featured at The Poetry Foundation
“Another Reason for Progressive Catholics to Cheer Francis,” History News Network, 2016.
“The Wisdom of Umberto Eco,” Sacred Matters, 2016.
“The Rememberance of Amalek,” The Revealer, 2016
Featured in The Paris Review
“Trumpism is a Sign that Faith in American Civil Religion may be Collapsing,” History News Network, 2016.
Featured in Raw Story.
“The 18th Century Frenchman who Understood America Better than Trump Does,” History News Network, 2016.
Featured in Raw Story.
“Robert Greene, the First Bohemian,” The Public Domain Review, 2016.
Featured in the “On the Shelf” column at The Paris Review.
Featured in The Rumpus.
Featured in Berfrois.
“The Great God Pan Still Lives: Gerard Russell’s Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms,” The Revealer, 2016.
“England Unfree,” The Dublin Review of Books, 2016.
“David Bowie’s ‘Heroes,’ The Soundtrack of a Spiritual Libertine,” Religion Dispatches, 2016.
“Despising the Holidays: When Christians Led the ‘War on Christmas,’” Religion Dispatches, 2015.
“California Has Always Been Islamic,” Tikkun Daily, 2015.
“How would Religion Respond to Extraterrestrials?: A Thought Experiment,” Religion Dispatches, 2015.
“Something is Happening Here,” Tikkun Daily, 2015.
“America, the Mythical: “Mother of Exiles,” or Safe Haven?” Religion Dispatches, 2015.
“’Religion, O Diabolic:’ Lamenting Religion Violence, Then and Now,” Religion Dispatches, 2015.
“Why We Should Keep the Devil in Halloween,” Religion Dispatches, 2015.
“Let There Be Light: Handwritten Draft of King James Bible Reveals Secrets of its Creation,” Religion Dispatches, 2015.
Reprinted in Salon.
Linked in The Revealer.
“Exile in that Infinity: Giordano Bruno,” Polaris, 2015.
Published concurrently in ExCommunicated.
“Stephen Colbert is America’s Holy Fool,” Tikkun Daily, 2015.
Linked in The Revealer.
“The Sacred and Profane in Pittsburgh,” The Belt Magazine, 2015.
Nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Award.
“The Destroyer of Worlds in His Newfoundland,” Polaris, 2015.
Linked in The Revealer.
“God and Man in Toronto,” Tikkun Daily, 2015.
“Humanism Unshackled,” Tikkun Daily, 2015.
Linked in The Revealer.
“Will this Relic Change our Whole View of Early American History?” Religion Dispatches, 2015.
“Who are the Waldensians and Why Did the Pope Ask For Their Forgiveness?” Religion Dispatches, 2015.
“Scripture for a Dead God: Celebrating 160 Years of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass,” Killing the Buddha, 2015.
“Voicing the Ineffable in Charleston,” Tikkun Daily, 2015.
“Featured Heretic: Thomas Paine,” ExCommunicated, 2015.
Reprinted in ‘Merica Magazine.
“Charlie’s Heterodoxy,” ExCommunicated, 2015.
“Predicting the Future of Religion: A Thought Experiment,” Religion Dispatches, 2015.
Reprinted in Tikkun Daily.
Linked in The Revealer.
“Preachers from the Palace of Wisdom, or: Ranterism in the UK,” The Revealer, 2015.
“Jesus Went to Hell, but Nobody Wants to Talk About It,” Religion Dispatches, 2015.
Reprinted in Salon.
Included in Religion Dispatches “Greatest Hits of 2015: Religion Stories Our Readers Couldn’t Resist.”
“ISIS is the Islamic ‘Reformation,’” Religion Dispatches, 2015.
Reprinted in Quartz; Real Clear Religion.
Linked in The Revealer.
“Notes on John Dee’s Aztec Mirror,” Polaris, 2015.
“The New Liturgy: A Review of Jay Hopler and Kimberly Johnson’s Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry,” The Revealer, 2015.
“Ghostwriter and Ghost: The Strange Case of Pearl Curran and Patience Worth,” The Public Domain Review, 2014.
Reprinted in Selected Essays: Volume II.
“Impressions of the 2014 ISHS Conference,” International Society for Heresy Studies, 2014.
“Dispatch from Chicago: Applying for NEH Seminars,” Drown Unbound, 2014.
“A Few Humble Observations on Conference Abstracts Part I and II,” Drown Unbound, 2014.
“Salvatore Pane’s Last Call in the City of Bridges,” The New Yinzer, 2013.
“On the Need for a Society for Heresy Studies, The International Society for Heresy Studies, 2013.
“Unfit for Heaven and Earth: Colin Dickey’s ‘Afterlives of the Saints,’” The Revealer, 2012.
SELECT HONORS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Dale S. Strohl ’58 Award for Research Excellence in Humanities and Social Science, Lehigh University, 2015.
The Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute Fellowship is Eighteenth-Century Studies, Lehigh University, 2014-15.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer seminar “George Herbert and Emily Dickinson” organized by Richard Strier (University of Chicago), 2014.
Dissertation Fellowship, Lehigh University English Department, 2013.
Dale S. Strohl ’58 Award for Research Excellence in Humanities and Social Science, Lehigh University, 2013.
Passed with distinction, examinations in major field of Early Modern British Literature and secondary field of Early American Literature, Lehigh University, 2012.
Lehigh University English Department Teaching Fellowship, 2010-2016.
Raymond Williams Fellowship in Cultural Studies, Carnegie-Mellon University, 2006.
SELECT ACADEMIC CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Daddy, What did you Do in the Culture Wars?: Academia and Public Life” for the Northeastern Modern Language Association conference, Hartford CT, March 2016.
“Secular Shakespears” at Shakespeare 450, Société française Shakespeare (April 21 – 27 2014 Paris, France).
“The Canon and Cultural Studies in the Composition Classroom” for the Northeastern Modern Language Association conference, (April 3-6 2014 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania).
“Re-Encountering the Encounter” at the Society of Early Americanists 8th Biennial Conference, Savannah Georgia (February 28-March 3, 2013).
“The Fantasy of Non-Colonial Conversion in Unka Eliza Winkfield’s The Female American” to be presented at the American Literary Association, (San Francisco CA; June 2016).
“Political Theology and the Alternate Enlightenment in Blake and Husband” to be presented at the American Literary Association, (San Francisco CA; June 2016).
“H.D., Anne Bradstreet, and a Feminist Poetics of Metempsychosis” at HD & Feminist Poetics conference, Lehigh University (Bethlehem PA; September 2015).
“Milton’s Covenantal Ambivalence and the Invention of America,” part of the “Transatlantic Milton” roundtable at the Modern Language Association meeting (Vancouver, BC; January 2015).
Round table participant on “The Need for Heresy Studies Now,” first annual International Society for the Study of Heresy Conferecne, New York University (New York City; May 2014).
Roundtable presentation “Notes on a Golden Record: Reading the Canon through Cultural Studies in the First-Year Writing Classroom,” Northeastern Modern Language Association conference (Harrisburg, PA; April 2014).
“Cotton Mather’s Heterodox Puritanism and the Construction of America” presented at “Catholics and Puritans in the trans-Atlantic world, 1500-1800,” Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland; September 2013).
“The Massachusetts Bay Psalter and Transatlantic Puritanism in the Construction of American Identity” presented at “Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation,” Queen Mary University of London (London, July 2013).
“Thomas Morton’s Poetic Encounters in New English Canaan,” Society of Early Americanists 8th Biennial Conference (Savannah, GA; February 2013).
“The Bureaucratization of the Sacred in Milton and His Pop-Culture Descendants,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association (Atlanta, GA; November, 2011).
“Merrymount as “City on a Hill”: Morton’s Textual Construction of an Alternative American Utopia,” Society for Utopian Studies’ 36th Annual Meeting (State College, PA; October, 2011).
“’Termagant, My God So Bright:” Projected Christian Belief, and Medieval Representations of the Abrahamic Other” presented in absentia at the conference “Mirror Images: The Challenges for Arab and Islamic Studies” for the 25th Anniversary of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, Villanova University (Villanova, Pennsylvania; February, 2009).
“The Radical Abolitionism of William Blake and the Transgressions of Transcendence,” Northeastern Modern Language Association meeting (Boston, MA; February, 2009).
“Sacred Intoxication, Profane Drunkenness: Textual Evidence of the Reformation Shift in Attitudes Surrounding Alcohol,” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies conference (Philadelphia, PA; November, 2008).
Lehigh University – English Department
Fall 2016 – “Reading the Election”
Fall 2016 – Composition and Literature I: “Composition and Cultural Studies: Gender, Class, Religion, Race.”
Spring 2016 – “Sympathy for the Devil: Literature and Satan”
Spring 2016 – Composition and Literature II: “Practical Criticism: Sports, Music, Film and Travel”
Fall 2015 – Two Units of “Freshman Literature Seminar: Literature and the Seven Deadly Sins”
Spring 2014 – Composition and Literature II: “The Important Stuff: War, Love, Death and Everything Else”
Spring 2013 – Composition and Literature II: “Envisioning Alternate Worlds”
Fall 2012 – Composition and Literature I: “Composition and Cultural Studies: Class, Religion, Race, Gender”
Spring 2012 – Composition and Literature II: “Mapping Utopia”
Fall 2011 –Composition and Literature I: “Composition and Cultural Studies: Religion, Race, Gender, Class”
Spring 2011 – Composition and Literature II: “Questioning American Exceptionality”
Fall 2010 –Composition and Literature I
Point Park University – Department of Humanities and Human Sciences
Spring 2010 – Three units of Composition I: “Formulating the Cannon”
Fall 2009 – Three units of Composition I: “The Human Condition”
Spring 2009 – Three units of Composition II
Fall 2008 – Three units of Composition I: “A World of Ideas”
Spring 2008 – Composition II
Duquesne University – Department of English
Spring 2010 – Writing Critically about Imaginative Literature: “Religion, Mythology and Literature”
Fall 2009 – Two units of Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum: “The American Essay”
Spring 2009 –Writing Critically about Imaginative Literature: “Literature and the Religious Experience”
Fall 2008 –Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum
EDITORIAL AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Advisory Board Member, The Watchung Review, published by the New Jersey College English Association, 2016 – Present.
Guest-Editor, The Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural, issue on “The Transatlantic Renaissance Supernatural,” 2016.
Advisory Board Member, The Watchung Review, the New Jersey College English association, 2016 – Present.
Editor and Founder, ‘Merica Magazine, 2015 – Present.
Editor, transcriber, and paleographical interpreter for digital humanities project “Transcribing Early American Manuscript Sermons,” 2015 – Present.
Peer Reviewer for Readings: a journal for scholars and readers, 2015 – Present.
Assistant Editor – ExCommunicated (newsletter of the International Society of Heresy Studies), 2014 – Present.
Assistant Editor – The Journal of Heresy Studies, 2013 – Present.
Peer Reviewer for STET Journal: Post-Graduate Journal of the University of London, 2013.
Research Assistant, Lehigh University Press, for Gloria Goldblatt’s Ada Claire: A Literary Biography, 2011.
Graduate-Representative to the Lehigh English Department Search Committee to find an Assistant Professor of Atlantic Early Modern Studies.
Occasional Co-Presenter in “Tuesday Night Talkback Series” with Dr. Robert Kilker (Kutztown University), at Frank Bank Alehouse Cinemas, 2012 – Present.
Co-Creator and committee member for the Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference, Lehigh University.
Organizer, lecture and rare book viewing on “Hamlet’s Supernova” with the Lehigh Physics Department, 2014.
Organizer, Wednesdays at Drown Panels, Lehigh English Department, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014.
Committee Member, “What’s Brewing?” program, Lehigh Graduate Life Office, 2013.
Committee Member, Summer Reading Selection and Programming Committee, Lehigh Office of First Year Experience, 2012.
Organizer, reading group discussion on Simon Critchley’s Faith of the Faithless for Lehigh English Department’s Literature & Social Justice reading series, 2012.
Graduate Representative to the Graduate Committee, Lehigh English Department, 2012.
Participant, Literature & Social Justice Reading Group, 2012.
Participant, Contemporary Poetry Reading Group, 2012.
Director of the Pre-Modern Studies Colloquium, Lehigh University, 2012-2014?.
Participant, Gothic Reading Group, 2011.
Graduate Representative to the Recruitment Committee, Lehigh English Department, 2010.
NON-ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE
Staff Writer for The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, 2005
TEACHING AREAS/COURSES PREPARED TO TEACH
Composition; Introduction to Literature; British Literature I; American Literature I; Early Modern Literature; Shakespeare; Milton; Renaissance Women’s Writing; Religion and Literature; Creative Non-Fiction; Journalism and Publishing
Mesoretic Hebrew (Can read with a dictionary), Summer Language Institute, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 2012.
SELECT PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Gloriana Society, 2016 – Present
Religion News Writers Association, 2015 – Present
International Society for the Study of Heresy (Founding Member and Board Member, as well as Committee Head for the Journal and Promotion), 2013 – Present
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2013 – Present
Sixteenth Century Studies Association, 2012 – Present
The Shakespeare Association of America, 2012 – Present
The Renaissance Society of America, 2011 – Present
The Society of Early Americanists, 2011 – Present
The Scottish Institute for Northern Renaissance Studies, 2007.
The Modern Language Association, 2007 – Present