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