Arnaud Zimmern



Areas of Interest 
Early Modern literature, medicine, and religion – especially devotional literature, sermons, and scientific and medical prose in England and France.

Southern Methodist University, B.A. in English, World Languages (French & German), and Mathematics (Pure)

Arnaud's research deals with how the medical revolutions and theological Reformations of the early modern period fostered new discourses of misanthropy in England across the 17th century, from Francis Bacon, John Donne, and Robert Burton to Hobbes, Browne, Milton, and Cavendish. His recent work has focused on the geometries of Dante’s hellscape and on John Donne's theology of the body. 

He is concurrently pursuing a graduate minor in the History and Philosophy of Science and keeps a toe in the Digital Humanities. He is an active collaborator on the Women Writers Project's Intertextuality Networks Research Initiative. His project – entitled 'Molière X Cavendish: Braiding the Politics of Dialogue" – seeks to reveal similarities between the plays of Margaret Cavendish and those of Jean-Baptiste Molière, especially in their depictions of learned women, by using new visualization tools and quantitative methods.


Recent Scholarly Activity


"Bad Math and Poor Eyesight: Reconfiguring Dante’s Hellscape." Clarion Review (March 2014). Web.



“John Donne and the Posture of Humanity.” Space, Place, and Image in Early Modern English Literature Conference. University of Lausanne. Lausanne, Switzerland (May 11-13, 2017).

“A Theological Line through Anne Bradstreet’s Medical Corpus.” Early Modern Graduate Symposium. University of Notre Dame. South Bend, IN (March 9, 2017).

“Posture in Place: Donne Defends Aristotle’s Uranoskopos.” Newberry Renaissance Center Graduate Multidisciplinary Conference. Chicago, IL (Jan 26-28, 2017).

“Inexpressible Agony and Ecstasy: Wojtyla’s Love and Responsibility and Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde.” Western Michigan University, 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo, MI. (May 10, 2016).

"Braiding Red Riding Hood." TEDxSMU. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Spring 2014. Presentation