Daniel Normandin

Daniel Normandin

Daniel Normandin

Postdoctoral R & T Fellow

Literature: Renaissance and early modern English literature; New World travel and contact narratives; early modern history writing and antiquarianism; early modern Ireland; ecocritical and geocritical approaches to literature; postcolonialism

Dan Normandin received his graduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis in 2020. His research focuses on the intersection of the antiquarian and colonial imaginations in early modern England. In his first book project, he argues that settler attitudes about land inflected the literary production of historical memory in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Renaissance texts from More’s Utopia to Shakespeare’s Cymbeline responded to the imposition of new sovereignties on others’ lands by engaging with the deep, distant memories of England’s own occupied territory under Brutus, the Romans, and other invaders. In the process, these writers depicted the antiquarian documentation of the past and the colonial “improvement” of the wilderness as allied processes: twin indices of a civilizing development out of imagined primitivism that had defined the nation’s history and that could now define the future course of its new plantations. Dan’s work is forthcoming in Modern Philology and in Early Modern Literary Studies. In spring 2021, he is teaching courses on Shakespeare and on early modern transatlantic literature.

Selected Publications

"Mourning Memory in Cymbeline,” in Memory and Affect in Shakespeare's England, ed. Jonathan Baldo and Isabel Karremann (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, 2022)

“Ripping Up Ancestries: Indigeneity and Genealogy in The Faerie Queene” (forthcoming in Modern Philology, 2021)

“Marvell’s Maps: Reading Empire through Microcosm at Nun Appleton” (Early Modern Literary Studies 21.2 (2020))

Courses Taught

ENGH 309: Writing New Worlds: Travel and Colonization in the Early Modern English Atlantic

ENGH 421: Green Worlds in the English Renaissance

ENGH 322-002: Shakespeare

Education

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, English (2020)