John Wesley

Associate Professor

John WesleyJohn Wesley is a specialist in English Renaissance literature and culture, and the history of the English language. He is also interested in the linked histories of rhetorical theory and education, and Elizabethan antiquarianism. Wesley has published on William Shakespeare’s dramas; Edmund Spenser’s epic romance, TheFaerie Queene; the sermons of Lancelot Andrewes; Renaissance orality and literacy; and the English language of the sixteenth century, in journals such as Review of English Studies, Renaissance Studies, Oral Tradition, Notes and Queries, and Renaissance Quarterly. Wesley teaches courses on Shakespeare, Milton, the literature of the Reformation, and the Renaissance reception of classical and biblical sources. He taught previously in the United Kingdom, Japan, and Canada, and was a Commonwealth Scholar at University of St Andrews, in Scotland, and an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Toronto. He has been researching a project tentatively titled “The Missing Texts of Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy.” He plans to work on a critical edition of Richard Mulcaster’s Elementarie (1582), a book that seeks to establish the expressive capacity of the English language in the face of attacks on its perceived inadequacy.


B.A., University of British Columbia, 2003; Ph.D., University of St Andrews, 2008

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