- Boğaziçi University
- Assistant Professor of Western Languages and Literatures
- Affiliation During NDIAS Fellowship: University of Notre Dame
- Graduate Fellow (2013-2014)
- "The Limelight of the Idols: Poetry and Political Theology in Early Modern England"
Ethan John Guagliardo is Assistant Professor of Western Languages and Literatures at Boğaziçi University. His doctoral dissertation traces how the concept of idolatry provided major early modern literary figures like Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, Fulke Greville, William Shakespeare, and John Milton with a language to describe the manipulation and creation of political authority. By locating the emergence of a critical (if not necessarily subversive) relationship to authority within the theological discourse of idolatry, his project offers an alternative to traditional secularization narratives.
Mr. Guagliardo is the author of “The Political Atheology of George Puttenham and Fulke Greville” in Modern Philology (forthcoming). A second article, “The Poet, the Skeptic, his Witches and their Queen: Political Theology and Poetic Charms in Sidney’s Defence,” is forthcoming in English Literary History, and a version of this article was presented at the Renaissance Society of America’s annual conference in spring, 2013. He has taught courses in composition and rhetoric as well as an introductory course on lyric poetry.
Among his many awards, Mr. Guagliardo is a Gerald Bruns Distinguished Dissertation Fellow, awarded by the University of Notre Dame Department of English, as well as well as receiving Mellon stipend awards and a Notebaert professional development fellowship, also from the University of Notre Dame.