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Amy K. Hermanson

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Assistant Professor of English

Email

414.443.8860

  • Education

    Ph.D., Texas Christian University
    B.A., Marquette University
    A.A., Bethany Lutheran College

    Background

    My academic interests are primarily centered on early modern British Literature, rhetorical theory, and the history of rhetoric. These areas intersect in my research on the works of John Foxe, John Milton, Mary Sidney, Philip Sidney, and early modern Bible preliminaries. Recently, I have been focused on the rhetorical cannon of memory as a basis for cultivating a deeper understanding of early modern religious culture in England.      

    Additional areas of scholarly interest

    • History of Reading
    • Early Modern Drama
    • Mimesis 
    • St. Augustine of Hippo’s De Doctrina Christiana
    • History of Religion and Rhetoric

    Teaching 

    • ENG 101: Writing and Rhetoric
    • ENG 220: British Literature 1
    • ENG 294: Genre Studies: Poetry
    • ENG 313: Twentieth-Century American Literature
    • ENG 321: Shakespeare 1
    • ENG 322: Shakespeare 2
    • ENG 323: Major British Authors, Seventeenth Century
    • ENG 324: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
    • ENG 391: Rhetorical Criticism (Special Topics)

    Scholarly Works 

    Publications

    Rev. of Reading Memory in Early Modern Literature by Andrew Hiscock. Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, 13.3 (2013): 172-176. Print.

    “Religion’s Rhetoric: Saint Augustine’s Union of Christian Wisdom and Sophistic Eloquence.” Conclusion. The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo: De Doctrina Christiana and the Search for a Distinctly Christian Rhetoric. Ed. Richard Leo Enos et al. Rhetoric and Religion series (ed. Martin J. Medhurst). Waco: Baylor UP, 2008.  

    Editing

    Co-Editor (with Richard Leo Enos et al.). The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo: De Doctrina Christiana and the Search for a Distinctly Christian Rhetoric. Rhetoric and Religion series (ed. Martin J. Medhurst). Waco: Baylor UP, 2008.

    Associate Editor. Advances in the History of Rhetoric: The First Six Years [1997-2002]. Ed. Richard Leo Enos, David E. Beard, Sarah L. Yoder, and Amy K. Hermanson. West Lafayette: Parlor P, 2007.

    Editorial Assistant. Composition Studies, Spring 2007-Fall 2008

    Select Conference Presentations

    “Illustration, Reading, and Acts of Faith in John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.” Midwest Conference on Christianity and Culture. Arbor Springs, MI, February 18-20, 2016.

    “Discerning the Bounds of ‘true believers’: Reading and Inscribing Action in Foxe’s Actes & Monuments.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. San Antonio, TX, May 22-24, 2014.

    “‘and let the guard of thy free sprite attend me. Soe I to them a guiding hand wilbe’: Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke’s Mimetic Role as Psalmist.” South Central Modern Language Association. Fort Worth, October 2010.

    “Representing Ideal Readers and Crafting Real Readers in Sixteenth-Century English Bible Preliminaries.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Dallas, October 2009.

    “Communities of Believers, Communities of Readers: Revising Notions of Early Modern Literacy in England.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Seattle, May 2008.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Service 

    • General Education Committee Member (2015-present)
    • Writing Tutor Advisor (2015-present)
    • Curriculum Committee Member (2015-2017)
    • College 101/201 Steering Committee Member (2015-present)
    • Honors Program, Steering Committee Member (2014-present)
    • Breakfast Book Club (Student Club), Faculty Advisor (2016-present)

    Professional Memberships

    • Rhetoric Society of America