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Curry Kennedy

Assistant Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Early Modern Studies
  • Religion
  • Rhetoric
  • (979) 862-7215
  • LAAH 547


M.A. and Ph.D. Penn State University (2021)

B.A. English, Creative Writing, University of Arkansas (2015)


Curry Kennedy joined the English Faculty in 2023. His work focuses on religious rhetorical imaginaries, especially in the early modern period.

Research Interests

  • rhetorical education
  • rhetoric and religion
  • the history of rhetoric
  • renaissance humanism
  • the history of writing instruction, style, and folly


  • “Living the Vita Copiosa: Erasmus’s De duplici copia and the Presence of the Protean Jesus at St. Paul’s School,” Journal for the History of Rhetoric 24.2, 2021, pp. 117-139.
  • “‘Not Instruction, but Provocation’: Clarity, the Divinity School Controversy,
    and Emerson’s Rhetorical Imaginary of Provocative Obscurity,” College English 82.4, 2020, pp. 381-409.
  • “Milton’s Ethos, English Nationhood, and the Fast-Day Tradition in Areopagitica,” Studies in Philology 116.2, 2019, pp. 375-400.

Areas of Specialty

  • Rhetoric
  • Religious Rhetoric
  • Early Modern Rhetoric
  • Composition
  • Writing Studies