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Hope College
Department of English
126 E. 10th St.
Holland, MI 49423
phone: 616.395.7620
fax: 616.395.7134


English Department Faculty

Curtis Gruenler
Associate Professor

Education: B.A., Stanford University (1985); Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.

Expertise: Medieval English Literature, Mysticism, and Intellectual History; The Oxford Inklings; History of the English Language; Christianity and Literature; René Girard's mimetic theory.

Selected Works: Presentation: "“A Dark Speakyng”: English Translations of 1 Corinthians 13:12 and What We Can See in Them"; Articles: “The Point of the Plow: Conceptual Blending in the Allegory of Langland and Voltaire,”; “C. S. Lewis and René Girard on Desire, Conversion, and Myth: The Case of Till We Have Faces”; “How to Read Like a Fool: Riddle Contests and the Banquet of Conscience in Piers Plowman”; "Desire, Violence, and the Passion in Fragment VII of The Canterbury Tales: A Girardian Reading"; "Dante's Quest for Home" Book in Progress: Riddles, Rhetoric, and Theology: The Medieval Poetics of Enigma in Piers Plowman and Its Contemporaries.

Distinctions: Lilly/Crossroads Grant (2004); Sluyter Fellowship (Hope, 2000-01); Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant (Huntington Library, Summer 1999); Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship; Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (1996-97).

Contact: Lubbers Hall 304