Areas of Interest
Early Modern English poetry (especially epics, lyrics, and funeral elegies), scientific and medical prose, devotional literature, and sermons
Education: Southern Methodist University, B.A. in English, World Languages (French & German), and Mathematics (Pure)
Arnaud is keen on philosophical anthropology and his research focuses on how the various revolutions (medico-scientific and political) and reformations (theological and epistemological) of the early modern period transformed the relationships between the human body and the human soul, the human microcosm and the vaster macrocosm, and the human person and the divine. He is concurrently pursuing a graduate minor in the History and Philosophy of Science and keeps a toe in both Digital Humanities and hermeneutics. To give examples of each, his recent work has focused on the geometries of Dante's hellscape, on the implementation of braid theory for digital visualization and quantitative literary analysis, and on the hermeneutics of love and suspicion in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde.
Recent Scholarly Activity
"Bad Math and Poor Eyesight: Reconfiguring Dante’s Hellscape." Clarion Review (March 2014). Web.
"Braiding Red Riding Hood." TEDxSMU. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Spring 2014. Presentation http://www.tedxsmu.org/talks/arnaud-zimmern-braiding-red-riding-hood-tedxsmu-spring-2014/
"Agony, Ecstasy, and the Hermeneutics of Love: Karol Wojtyla's Love and Responsibility and Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde." Notre Dame English Graduate Student Association Symposium. Notre Dame, IN. Spring 2016. Presentation.