Sarah Kunjummen

Assistant Instructional Professor
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Assistant Instructional Professor, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, Department of English Language and Literature, The College

I received my PhD in English from the University of Chicago in 2019, and have taught classes on ideas of freedom and agency in early modern Europe, on women's representation of the divine, and on early modern lyric. My undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan are in English and Classical Languages, and my work focuses on sixteenth and seventeenth-century British literature, with particular interests in poetry, religion, classical reception and the digital humanities. My dissertation research argues that the trope of co-extension in three-dimensional space played a distinctive role in the depictions of intimacy created by seventeenth-century thinkers such as John Milton, Thomas Browne and Margaret Cavendish. These writers provide distinctive accounts of what, for an early modern subject, might be disappointing about life in the body, while paradoxically affirming its centrality for the creation of sociable selves. Recent work of mine includes an essay on the trends in the study of early modern women's writing, in the journal Criticism, and translations of George Herbert's Neo-Latin and Greek verse in a forthcoming Oxford University Press edition of his work. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring Chicago thrift stores, skating on the Midway ice rink, and perfecting my no-knead bread recipe. I am a member of Faculty Forward/SEIU Local 73, the contingent faculty union at the University of Chicago.