Dong Hwan (Alex) Chun

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Interests: Early Modern Poetry & Drama, Classical Reception, Classical Literature & Rhetoric, Renaissance Humanism

Education: Sogang University (Seoul, S. Korea) B.A. and M.A. 



Dong Hwan (Alex) Chun is a PhD candidate examining the various ways in which early modern poets, especially John Milton, attempted to converse with the ancients. In particular, he looks at how literary productions of Renaissance humanists were influenced and shaped by their discourse with classical authors as well as by contemporary cultural interactions. Intrigued by the readiness with which Renaissance humanists negotiated with the classics, he reads early modern literary works by interrogating how humanist scholars contended with the classics for various political, aesthetic, and cultural reasons. He explores how they playfully and sometimes anxiously collaborated with classical authors to produce dynamic systems of meanings that spoke to early modern worldviews and socio-political conditions.

His dissertation project is on John Milton with a focus on classical reception, early modern counsel, and the art of listening.

He taught for the university's Writing Program for two semesters and served as an editorial assistant for Spenser Studies for a year. He worked as a copy-editor for the book review team at Religion & Literature and is currently its Managing Editor (with Nicholas Babich). He is also a graduate fellow at the Nanovic Institute.


Chun, Dong Hwan. "'free unforced judgements': Envisioning the Ideal Republic through Freedom of Speech in The Tragedy of Cicero.Milton and Early Modern English Studies 27.2 (2017): 51-74.

Chun, Dong Hwan. "'Sole Author I': Samson's Fatal Decisions in Samson AgonistesIEAS Journal of English and American Studies 14 (2015): 5-22.

Chambers, Claire Maria, and Dong Hwan Alex Chun. Review of Musical Woyzeck. dir. Yun Ho Jin. Theatre Journal 67.3 (2015): 541-43.