Daniel Knapper

Daniel Knapper


  • PhD, Ohio State University
  • MA, University of Virginia
  • BA, Calvin University

Academic interests

Daniel Knapper researches the connections between Renaissance literary and Reformation religious cultures; the Bible in/and/as literature; the history of style and rhetoric; the history of the book; English drama from early modern to the present; and Shakespearean adaptation in contemporary fiction and film.

He is the author of Pauline Style and Renaissance Literary Culture (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). This is the first literary-critical history Saint Paul's rhetorical style in the Renaissance, 1500-1700. He is currently writing a second book on the creative responses of early modern playwrights to the style and rhetoric associated by humanist scholars with the so-called writing Hebrew prophets. Research for this project is forthcoming in Sixteenth Century Journal.

He is the editor of Comparative Drama, a quarterly journal of drama, theatre, and performance studies. He was an Ohio State Presidential Fellow and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar, and he has received fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

At Calvin, he teaches courses in rhetoric and composition. In Spring 2023, he will direct the Semester in Britain program, based at Liverpool Hope University.


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