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 has appeared in Modern Philology and in Early Modern Literary Studies. At Mason, he has taught courses on Shakespeare, Milton, the pastoral-utopian tradition in English Renaissance writing, and the literature of early modern transatlantic colonization.

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)

“Ripping Up Ancestries: Indigeneity and Genealogy in Book 2 of The Faerie Queene” (Modern Philology 119.2 (November 2021))

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

Courses Taught

ENGH 428: Milton

ENGH 305: Dimensions of Writing and Literature

ENGH 202: Shakespeare: Power and Performance

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


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