Evan Gurney

Assistant Professor
204 Karpen Hall, CPO 2130
Currently on Leave

My scholarly and teaching interests include Medieval, Renaissance, and eighteenth-century literature, the intersection of literature and religious culture, the reception of classical literature, rhetoric and hermeneutics, and satire. All of these disciplines converge in my current research project, which investigates the problematic notions of charity engaged by writers in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, and has led to additional projects focused on such misinterpretable figures as vagrants, rogues, prophets, and anglers.

I’m also interested in First World War poetry, particularly that of Ivor Gurney (no relation as best I know), and I try to keep a hand in contemporary literature as a scholar, reader, and writer.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking and fishing and, above all, spending time with my wife, Rebecca, and sons, August and Owen.


Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Recent Teaching

Humanities 214: Medieval and Renaissance World

Language 120: Foundations of Academic Writing

Literature 240: Introduction to Literature
Literature 327: Readings in Poetry
Literature 334: Western Literature, Ancient to Renaissance
Literature 488: John Milton
Literature 494: Senior Seminar

Recent Publications

"'But One Ben Jonson Honoured': Ivor Gurney’s Apprenticeship," ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 30.1 (2017): 42-47.

“Going Rogue: Spenser and the Vagrants.” Studies in Philology 133.3 (2016): 546-577.

“Give me mine angle’: Fishing for a Moral in Antony and Cleopatra.” Shakespeare 12:1 (March 2016): 1-19.

“Spenser’s “May” Eclogue and Charitable Admonition,” Spenser Studies: A Renaissance Poetry Annual 27 (New York: AMS Press, 2012): 193-219.

“Thomas More and the Problem of Charity,” Renaissance Studies 26.2 (2012): 197-217.

“A New Allusion to Thomas Browne,” Notes and Queries 257.2 (June 2012), 178-79.

“No Desert of Dry Verse: That Was Oasis,” The Carolina Quarterly 62:2 (2012): 102-5.

“I’m Most Comfortable with the Eclectic’: A Conversation with Stuart Dybek,” The Carolina Quarterly 60:1 (2010): 71-82.