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Jeffery Gore, PhD




Building & Room:

1801 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-2242


Jeffrey Gore’s research centers on Renaissance literature and early modern pedagogy, with a particular interest in how religious issues – such as the redemption of fallen humanity – affected early modern debates over education and political citizenship.  His writings regularly focus on moral virtue and religious change as contentious sites for negotiating social class in the work of authors such as William Shakespeare, Thomas Elyot, Desiderius Erasmus, and Francis Bacon, and he is currently at work on a monograph tentatively titled The Cunning of Pedagogical Reason:  Class and Political Theology in John Milton’s Educational Writings.  Gore performs this historical research with an eye on the present:  he considers the university classroom to be part of the ongoing debate over what it means to be a literate citizen, and he regularly works to develop new ways to make the study of language and literature more engaging and empowering.  In addition to courses on Medieval and Renaissance literature, Gore also teaches classes on Utopian/dystopian literature, writing, and grammar, and he recently contributed to revisions of the First Year Writing curriculum.

Selected Publications

“The World We Have Lost and the World They Were Gaining:  Education, Rank, and Service in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night,” forthcoming.

“Violence and Education from Erasmus to Milton,” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History

“Francis Bacon and the ‘Desserts of Poetry’:  Rhetorical Education and the Advancement of Learning,” Prose Studies

“Obedience in Of Education and Paradise Lost,” Milton Studies