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Jonathan Goossen, PhD

Associate Professor, English
Chair, Humanities
Phone number
(403) 407-9468
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My teaching and research centre on the literature of the English Renaissance, especially the drama of Shakespeare and his fiery friend, Ben Jonson. An interest in these things has led quite naturally to a secondary one in the philosophy and literature of the ancient world. Most of my research to date has treated the relationship of Aristotle’s literary theory to Shakespeare’s and Jonson’s comedies – see, for example, my aptly titled book Shakespeare, Jonson, and Aristotle on Comedy (Routledge, 2019). Recently, I have begun a book on American novelist Janet Lewis’s use of tragedy in her three-novel series, “Cases of Circumstantial Evidence.” I am also a deacon in the Eastern Orthodox church. In these pursuits, I try, with the help of God, my wife, and children, to be good.


PhD (Dalhousie University)
MA (University of Saskatchewan)
BA (Hons) (University of Saskatchewan)
BCM (Bethany College)

Signature Courses

EN 235 Tragedy and Comedy
EN 338 The Renaissance Imagination
EN 389 Early Literary Theory

Select Publications

2022 (co-author John H. Cameron) “’This was the Better Way': The Restoration Afterlives of Ben Jonson's Comic Designs.” Forum for Modern Language Studies, Vol. 58, No. 3, 2022, pp. 312-28.
Jonson, Shakespeare, and Aristotle on Comedy. New York: Routledge, 2018.
“‘Tis set down so in heaven, but not in earth’: Reconsidering Political Theology in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.” Christianity and Literature 61.2 (2012): 209-31.