Abram Steen, PhD

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Abram Steen, PhD Assistant Professor of English

Ph: 506-858-8970 Ext. 146
Email: Abram.Steen@crandallu.ca

Dr. Abram Steen is an assistant professor of English. He received a PhD in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007 and joined the faculty in 2006.

Dr. Steen’s research is focused on early modern poetry and prose, Shakespeare, the Book of Common Prayer, and post-Reformation English history. He is currently completing a book on the relationship between literary and liturgical representations of death in post-Reformation England.

He was a recipient of the Pew Younger Scholars Fellowship from 2001-2003 and was awarded the Steeves Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012, 2019, & 2023.


BA (Hons), Calvin College
MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Honours & Scholarships

The Steven & Ella Steeves Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Crandall  University, 2012
Pew Younger Scholars Fellowship, 1997-1998, 2001-2003

Courses Taught

  • Literary Heritage of the West
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Victorian Literature
  • Development of the Novel
  • American Literature
  • Literary Criticism
  • Jane Austen
  • Charles Dickens
  • Twentieth-Century World Authors
  • Twentieth-Century Postcolonial Literature
  • Modern European Authors

Select Publications & Presentations

“‘over this Jordan’: Dying and the Nonconformist Community in Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress,” Modern Philology 110.1 (August 2012): 49-73.

“‘remembrest right’: Remembering the Dead in John Donne’s Songs and Sonets,Renaissance and Reformation, 33.2 (Spring 2010): 93-124.

“Preparation for Death and Reform in Hamlet,” paper presented to the Shakespeare Association of America, Toronto, March 2013.

“Shakespeare’s Reluctant Protestantism: The Religious Turn in Shakespeare Criticism,”English Department Speaker Series, Dalhousie University, 15 February 2013.

“Searching for Transcendence: The Role of Literature in Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age,” paper presented to the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, University of New Brunswick, May 2011.

“‘by this paper taught’:  Religious Communities in Donne’s Songs and Sonets,” panel at the John Donne Society, Modern Language Association, Chicago,   December 1999.

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