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Dr Kirk Essary

Research Associate
History of Emotions, ARC Centre of Excellence for the

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ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
The University of Western Australia (M201)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 6799
Kirk Essary is currently a postdoctoral research fellow with ARC CHE, and beginning 2018 will be Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern History at UWA. He holds a PhD in Religion (Florida State, 2014), an MA in Religions of Western Antiquity (Florida State, 2010), an MA in Classics (Texas Tech, 2008), and a BA in Philosophy (Oklahoma State, 2006). His research focuses on religious and intellectual history in the Renaissance and religious reformations of the 16th century, with a special focus on reception history (of the classical and biblical traditions), Christian humanism, and the history of emotions. More specifically, he is interested in the works of Erasmus of Rotterdam and John Calvin, as well as how they were received and translated in the early modern period. As a research fellow in CHE, he has examined the role and function of emotions discourses from classical antiquity in the religious thought of 16th c. Christian humanists, as well as how emotion terms were translated from classical languages into various European vernaculars during the period.
​Erasmus and Calvin on the Foolishness of God: Reason and Emotion in the Christian Philosophy (University of Toronto Press, 2017)

“Clear as Mud: Metaphor, Emotion, and Meaning in Early Modern England,” in English Studies 98:7 (in press, 2017)

“Calm and Violent Passions: The Genealogy of a Distinction from Quintilian to Hume,” in Erudition and the Republic of Letters (co-authored with Yasmin Haskell; forthcoming, 2018)

​“Passions, Emotions, or Affections? On the Ambiguity of 16th-Century Terminology,” in Emotion Review (available online now; in print 2018)

“Annotating the Affections: The Philology of Feeling in Erasmus’ New Testament Scholarship,” in Erasmus Studies 37:2 (accepted; forthcoming, 2017)

“Jewish Antiquity in the Sixteenth Century: Calvin’s Reception of Josephus,” in Church History 86:2 (in press, 2017)

​“Enduring Erasmus: Reception and Emotion in Christian Humanism,” in Church History and Religious Culture 97:4 (in press, 2017)

​“Fiery Heart and Fiery Tongue: Emotion in Erasmus’ Ecclesiastes,” in Erasmus Studies 36:1 (2016)

“The Radical Humility of Christ in the 16th Century: Erasmus and Calvin on Philippians 2:6-7,” in Scottish Journal of Theology 68:4 (2015)

“Milk for Babes: Erasmus and Calvin on the Problem of Christian Eloquence,” in Reformation and Renaissance Review 16:3 (2014)

“Calvin’s Interpretation of Christ’s Agony at Gethsemane: An Erasmian Reading?” in Toronto Journal of Theology 30:1 (2014)

​“‘We Languish in Obscurity’: The Silence of God as Atavistic Calvinism in Cormac McCarthy’s Fiction,” in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 97.3 (2014)
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