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Glimp, David R.

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research overview

  • Prof. Glimp specializes in Renaissance English literature. Most of his work has explored how English authors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries engaged aspects of Renaissance moral and political philosophy, though he also has interests in contemporary literary and social theory. He is currently completing a project on discourses of security and the genres of emergency in the Renaissance. He has begun another project with a working title of 'Provisional Justice: Valuing People in the English Renaissance,' focusing on how literary texts represent the processes through which governmental infrastructures both make and unmake worlds. Prof. Glimp is also developing a research agenda drawing on computational methods for literary and cultural study, focusing specifically on how political concepts developed and proliferated across the sixteenth and seventeenth-centuries in England.


  • english renaissance literature, political theories of security and risk, literary representation of emergency, computational approaches to literary study, data science and literature


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courses taught

  • AHUM 1825 - Inclusive Interdisciplinary Data Science for All
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Team-taught module-based course merges data science and the humanities without requiring prior experience in either one. Students will synthesize qualitative and quantitative approaches to urgent research questions and practice putting data to work in the world. They will learn to use data analysis, statistics, and basic programming skills to answer questions of human importance, while applying the central humanities skills of source critique, attention to human motives, contextualization, and argument.
  • ENGL 2102 - Literary Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides a basic skills course designed to equip students to handle the English major. Emphasizes critical writing and the acquisition of basic techniques and vocabulary of literary criticism through close attention to poetry and prose.
  • ENGL 2212 - Science Fiction
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    This course examines science fiction novels, short stories, and movies, paying close attention to what they teach us about our world. How do these works speculate about the future and alternative realms, and how do they portray our hopes and fears for the promises and limits of technology? Science fiction thinks about ways in which bodies, individuals, and societies might be different, and imagines ways of being and living other than our present.
  • ENGL 3000 - Shakespeare for Nonmajors
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Introduction to Shakespeare. Introduces students to 6-10 of Shakespeare's major plays. Comedies, histories, and tragedies will be studied. Some non-dramatic poetry may be included. Viewing of Shakespeare in performance is often required.
  • ENGL 3116 - Topics in Advanced Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Studies special topics in theory; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours different topics.
  • ENGL 3246 - Topics in Popular Culture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Studies special topics in popular culture; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours for different topics.
  • ENGL 3563 - Shakespeare
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Shakespeare's poetry and drama.
  • ENGL 3583 - Milton
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Milton's poetry and selected prose.
  • ENGL 4106 - Literary Study with Data Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    This course offers students an opportunity to explore how approaches to �big data� can be used to advance our understanding of literature. We will learn how to work with a range of intermediate-level computational techniques to generate insights about individual works of literature and about large collection of literary texts. This course will also examine some the methodological implications of enlisting computers in the analysis of literature. Recommended prerequisite: ENGL 3106.
  • ENGL 4830 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Students accepted to English Departmental Honors are enrolled in this course.
  • ENGL 5000 - Introduction to Applied Shakespeare
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2023
    Provides an introduction to the life, work and world of William Shakespeare to prepare students for the Applied Shakespeare Professional Masters Certificate two-week intensive. Students will gain a background in the social, cultural and political context of Renaissance theater, will be introduced to the conventions of Shakespearean drama and will explore key concerns impacting our understanding of Shakespeare's works. Department consent required.
  • ENGL 5029 - British Literature and Culture Before 1800
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Introduces graduate level study of medieval and early modern writing through the long eighteenth century. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, historical background, and secondary criticism. Cultivates research skills necessary for advanced graduate study. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 5529 - Studies in Special Topics 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Studies special topics that focus on a theme, genre, or theoretical issue not limited to a specific period or national tradition. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as IAWP 6100.
  • ENGL 5549 - Studies in Special Topics 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Studies special topics that focus on a theme, genre, or theoretical issue not limited to a specific period or national tradition. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 6959 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023 / Spring 2024


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