Donovan Tann, Ph.D., Early Modern English Literature
English Faculty and Language Arts Chair, Hesston College

Donovan Tann’s work in the classroom includes courses in Shakespeare, world literature, diversity in literature, early modern English literature, film studies, introductory and advanced composition, and interdisciplinary freshmen seminars. In addition to his research interests in the early modern period, Tann’s research interests include religion and literature, devotional writing, and gender in seventeenth-century England and early America.  Tann was a member of the 2008-2011 Lilly Graduate Fellows Program based in Valparaiso, Indiana, which includes annual conferences and a biweekly colloquium on the relationship between the Christian tradition and higher education. He received Temple University’s 2010-2011 Richard Newton award for best essay on pre-1900 literature and culture for his “Subjectivity, the Body, and Community Membership in [Edward] Taylor’s Preparatory Meditations.”

Tann’s current project investigates space’s epistemological and theological functions in Lucy Hutchinson’s Order and Disorder and John Bunyan’s The Holy War, which he will share at the International John Bunyan Society’s triennial meeting in Aix-en-Provence, France in 2016. His dissertation, “Spaces of Religious Retreat in Seventeenth-Century English Literature and Culture,” argued that mid- to late seventeenth-century writing about dedicated religious spaces contributes to the construction of the emergent category of religious belief.  He argues that writers from John Milton to Mary Astell use literary means to establish specifically religious spaces that reveal their involvement with the period’s theological and philosophical questions. The religious ideas that shaped these representations of space play a previously unexamined role in the formation of modern boundaries between secular and religious knowledge. He defended his dissertation at Temple University in 2014 and has served on the English Faculty at Hesston College since August 2014.

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All opinions and ideas expressed on this website reflect the personal opinions and ideas of Donovan Tann only and do not reflect the policies or official positions of any academic institution. 

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