Areas of Interest: 20th C. British and Irish Literature; Religion and Literature; Theological Aesthetics
Education: Wilfrid Laurier University, B.A.; University of Toronto, M.A.
Mitchell Kooh is a Ph.D. student specializing in twentieth-century British and Irish literature. More specifically, his interests reside primarily at the intersection between religion and literature, investigating how theological aesthetics manifest in the twentieth-century literary milieu. His work attempts to reconcile the apparent fragmentation and breakdown of stable meaning in the twentieth century with a rich theo-aesthetic tradition epitomised in figures ranging from Thomas Aquinas to Hans Urs von Balthasar. He is particularly interested in studying authors who often confound the secular/sacred binary, including W.H. Auden, Evelyn Waugh, James Joyce, and J.R.R. Tolkien.
Recent Scholarly Activity:
“‘Whither Then I Cannot Say’: Epistemological Uncertainty and Tolkien’s Transnational Myth.” Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts, vol. 5, no. 1, 2018.
“Naughty Priests and Ne’er-do-wells: A Foucauldian History of Sexuality, Confession, and All Things Penal.” Undergraduate European Studies Conference, 26 November 2016, University of Guelph. Conference Presentation.