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Pavneet Aulakh


Pavneet Aulakh received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University, where he studied poetry. Before joining Vanderbilt University's English Department, he was the Literature Fellow at UCSB's College of Creative Studies, for whom he taught courses on Shakeseare, Chaucer, and the subject of curiosity in the literature and experimental philosophy of the Renaissance. In addition to his concentration on the literature of early modern England, his research and teaching interests include: the history and philosophy of science, particularly as it pertains to interconnections between the imiginative and proto-scientific literature of the seventeenth century; the history of the book; aesthetics and poetics; early modern and contemporary philosophy; and medieval literature.

Aulakh's book project, Beyond Words: The Senuous Turn in Jacobean England, draws on the history of science, early modern theorizations of the period's inherited rhetorical tradition, and the history of material texts to reconsider the relationship between seventeenth-century natural philosophy and imaginative literature. Instead of positioning these fields in an opposition relationship, it advances an appreciation for the senuous poetics and representational strategies shared by proto-scientific and imaginative literatures by focusing on Francis Bacon and a network of literary contemporaries whose careers and writings intersected George Herbert, John Donne, and Margaret Cavendish, this project illustrates not only the influence Bacon's project exerted on his literary peers, but also the vital role of poesis and the imagination, particularly as an image-maker, in the performance of the new science.

Course Offerings:

Fall 2016:
- English 2200 - Foundations of Literary Study
- English 3340 - Shakespeare: Representative Selections

Spring 2016:
- English 1260W - Intorduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis
- English 3720 - Literature, Science and Technology

Fall 2015:
- English 1260W - Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis
- English 3346 - Seventeenth-Century Literature

Spring 2015:
- English 1260W - Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis
- English 3330 - Sixteenth-Century Literature

Fall 2014:
- English 210 (3340) - Shakespeare: Representative Selections
- English 250 (3332) - English Renaissance: Drama