John Wesley

John Wesley

Professor and Chair, English

John Wesley is a professor of early modern British literature. His research focuses on the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century reception of classical rhetorical theory, mainly in terms of its impact on the theatre, language, and education. He is especially interested in the textual traces of delivery, which is the canon of rhetoric that concerns the vocal and gestural expression of emotion. His publications in this area have engaged debates about early modern acting styles, methods of imitation and authorization, religious devotional practices, and the role of the body in the development of the vernacular. He is currently at work on a critical edition of the Elementarie (1582), a treatise on educational and spelling reform written by the Elizabethan headmaster, Richard Mulcaster.

John has previously taught in Japan, Scotland, and Canada. He completed his PhD as a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of St Andrews, and then, in 2008, joined the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral researcher and instructor. He was hired to Puget Sound in 2011. For the Department of English, John offers courses on Shakespeare, Milton, the Bible as literature, and the history of the English language; he also teaches first-year core seminars on the history of comedy, the problem of evil, and postmodernism.

John was the recipient of a 2016 Rhodes Trust Inspirational Educator Award and the 2020 President’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Education
BA The University of British Columbia 2003
Ph.D University of St Andrews 2008
Class
Crosscurrents Review ENGL 199-A 2218
Dramatic Comedy SSI1 138-A 2218
Events in English ENGL 197-A 2224
Crosscurrents Review ENGL 199-A 2224
Sen Exp Sem: Rhetoric & Lit ENGL 433-A 2224
Postmodernism and Belief SSI2 196-A 2224

Contact Information

Wyatt 344
email jwesley@pugetsound.edu