Evan Gurney

Assistant Professor
204 Karpen Hall, CPO 2130

Office Hours

  • Mon: 

    • 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Wed: 

    • 1 - 2 p.m.

I enjoy teaching a wide and eclectic range of literature courses at UNC Asheville. I am especially interested in teaching students how to study premodern literature with careful and joyful attention, and in discovering with students how these older literary forms and traditions become renewed, reformed, and reinvigorated in the work of contemporary writers. In my classes we typically do one or the other, and often both.

My scholarship focuses on the literature and culture of early modern England. Love's Quarrels: Reading Charity in Early Modern England (forthcoming from University of Massachusetts Press) examines a central irony of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England: how charity, which was supposed to be the "sweet cement" binding the community together, in fact motivated and intensified many of the era's most contentious disputes. Currently I am working on a second project that investigates the presence of vagrancy and roguery in early modern English literature.

Additional scholarly and teaching interests include contemporary poetry and Appalachian literature.

I enjoy spending time with my wife and children, tromping about on beautiful trails, and, when I can, giving the local trout a good laugh.


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


Humanities 214: Medieval and Renaissance World
Language 120: Foundations of Academic Writing}
Language 361: Poetry Writing Workshop
Literature 178: Literary Asheville
Literature 240: Introduction to Literature
Literature 327: Readings in Poetry
Literature 334: Western Literature, Ancient to Renaissance
Literature 484: Rogues, Vagrants, and Early Modern Outsiders
Literature 488: John Milton
Literature 494: Senior Seminar



Love's Quarrels: Reading Charity in Early Modern England, forthcoming in 2018 from the University of Massachusetts Press's Studies in Early Modern Culture Series.

Scholarly Articles and Essays

"Bad Nourishment: John Milton, Ezekiel's Roll, and Prophetic Indigestion." Forthcoming in Milton Quarterly.

"The Nymph's Reply: Kathryn Stripling Byer and Appalachian Romance," forthcoming in Appalachian Anthology of Ecocriticism, eds. Laura Wright and Jessica Cory (West Virginia University Press).

"'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.

Recent Poems

"Whiskey" and "Weeding." Appalachian Heritage 46.1 (2018): 88-89.

"This is Your Head." Broad River Review 49.1 (2017): 90.

"Ablaze." Still: The Journal 23 (Winter 2017).

"All This Love." Dappled Things 11.2 (2016): 61.

"Our Hands Go Separate Ways" and "Reading with My Son." Angle 8 (2016): 44-45.

Reviews and Interviews

Scriptorium, by Melissa Range. Appalachian Journal 44.1-2 (2017): 182-3.

That Was Oasis, by Michael McFee. 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.

"'It Really All Started Here at Chapel Hill': A Conversation with Robert Morgan." The Carolina Quarterly 59.1 (2009): 82-99.

Epistles, by Mark Jarman, and Spill, by Michael Chitwood. The Carolina Quarterly 58.3 (2008): 112-17.