Caryn O'Connell


Research Interests: 

Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature; poetry and poetics; the history of science, medicine, and technology; intellectual history; history of the book; health humanities; environmental humanities; city planning

Dissertation Title: 

"Vegetal Life from Bacon to Milton: Incarnate Science"


University of Chicago: Renaissance Workshop; Newberry Library: Milton Seminar


  • "Milton's Earthbound Bodies: Genesis, Physics, Aesthetics," forthcoming, Milton Studies 58 (2017).
  • "Bacon's Hints: The Sylva Sylvarum's Intimate Science," Studies in Philology 113, no. 3 (2016) 634-667.
  • "Mapping a Brook in Premodern Law and Hamlet” in Mapping the Premodern: Selected Proceedings of the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Twenty-Sixth Graduate Student Conference, ed. Karen Christianson (Chicago: The Newberry Library, 2008).

Teaching Experience: 

As Sole Instructor
Media Aesthetics: Text. Humanities Core
Paradise and Parks: Art, Science, Politics. Global Studies Program
Life Itself: Late Renaissance Encounters. English Department
Critical Perspectives. English Department

As Preceptor
English BA Thesis Seminar. English Department

As Writing Instructor
Academic and Professional Writing. Writing Program
Writing Intern, Media Aesthetics: Image. Humanities Core

As Course Assistant
Chaucer. English Department
Critical Perspectives. English Department
Shakespeare II: Tragedies and Romances. English Department
The Young Shakespeare and the Drama He Knew. English Department