Daniel Knapper

Daniel Knapper

Daniel Knapper

PhD in English Candidate


029 Denney Hall
Columbus campus

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Areas of Expertise

  • Reformation/Renaissance
  • Bible in/and/as literature
  • Style and rhetoric


  • MA, University of Virginia
  • BA, Calvin College

Daniel Knapper specializes in the literature, art and culture of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. His broad research interests include the Bible and its Renaissance literary and cultural afterlives; theories and practices of style and rhetoric; and literary engagements with Reformation theology and ecclesiology. Much of his scholarship focuses on the reception and influence of biblical styles in Reformation literary culture, particularly the influence of Saint Paul’s New Testament epistles.

As a graduate instructor, Daniel has taught introductory courses on rhetoric and composition, English poetry and poetics and Shakespearean drama, as well as an advanced course on Science Fiction and Fantasy literature. In 2017, he co-led a May semester trip to London with Hannibal Hamlin, focusing on the literature and culture of the city.

In 2019, Daniel was awarded a Presidential Graduate Fellowship by the Graduate school. 

Selected Publications:

  • “Thunderings, Not Words: Aspects of Pauline Style in Pericles and The Winter’s Tale,” Shakespeare Studies 47 (2019) (forthcoming)
  • “In Praise of Bad Prose: Reading Pauline Style in the Reformation,” Renaissance Studies (2019) (forthcoming)  

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