Ali John Madani

Ali John Madani

M.A. English, University of Pennsylvania, 2014. B.A.
Philosophy and English, Emory University, 2010.

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I am a PhD candidate in the department of English at Brown University, where I am a founding board member of the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World. Before arriving at Brown, I taught at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania. I received an MA from Penn in 2014. See an updated profile here:

I have broad interests in early modern English literature and culture, as well as in the history of criticism and literary theory. For 2019-2020, I was an interdisciplinary fellow at the John Hay Library and the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World at Brown. In prior years I organized the English Department's Early Modern Working Group and annual lecture (2017-2020) and the Early Modern Center's interdisciplinary graduate colloquium (2017-2019). With Rithika Ramamurthy, I founded and led the English Graduate Organization (2016).

My research has been funded by the Charlotte Beebe Wilbour Fellowship in Oratory at Brown, the Benjamin Franklin Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, and grants from the Renaissance Society of America and the Shakespeare Association of America.

Dissertation Title:

Questionable Histories and the Aesthetics of Historiography from Shakespeare to Milton


"Literary-Historical Giants: Writing the Deep Past from Poly-Olbion to Paradise Lost." ELH: 87.4 (Winter 2020).

Courses Taught:

Brown University
The Academic Essay, Spring 2018
Tragic Variations: Classical, Early Modern, Colonial, Fall 2017

Bryn Mawr College
Emily Balch Seminar: Form and Love, Fall 2014.

University of Pennsylvania
Literary Evil: A Seminar in Critical Writing, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, Critical Writing Program.

Research and Teaching Interests:

Colonial and Postcolonial Studies; History of the Book; Literary and Cultural Theory; Poetry and Poetics; Race and Ethnicity; Renaissance, Medieval, and Early Modern Literatures