Aaron B. Kunin

Professor of English
With Pomona Since: 2005
  • Expertise


    Aaron Kunin specializes in the literature of the English Renaissance, and has broad research interests in poetry and poetics. He is the author of five books, the most recent of which is Cold Genius: A Book of Poems (Fence, 2014). He is currently working on a book that celebrates the Renaissance notion of character.

    Research Interests

    • Character
    • Artifact
    • Misanthropy
    • Jonson's fear of the human face
    • The "dormative principle" (Molière)
    • The wish to be an object

    Areas of Expertise

    • Milton
    • English literature 1500-1800
    • Poetics
  • Work


    Cold Genius, 2014

    Grace Period, 2013

    The Sore Throat and Other Poems, 2010

    "Characters Lounge," Modern Language Quarterly 70:3, 2009

    "Facial Composure and Management in Behn's Novels," Modern Philology 107:1, 2009

    "Shakespeare's Preservation Fantasy," PMLA 124:1, 2009

    The Mandarin (Fence Books, 2008)

    Folding Ruler Star: poems (Fence Books, 2005)

  • Education


    Ph.D., Duke University, 2003

    M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1998

    A.B., Brown University, 1995

    Recent Courses Taught

    • British Novel I, Defoe to Austen
    • Ind Std: English
    • Literary Interpretation
    • Milton and Visual Culture
    • Pre-modern Psychology
    • Shakespeare: Comedies & Histories
    • Special Topics in English Lit
    • Summer Reading & Research
    • Critical Inquiry Seminar