Joshua R. Held, PhD

Director of the Honors Program
Associate Professor of English
Chair, Department of English

Faculty Since 2015


BA, Trinity International University
MA, Indiana University
PhD, Indiana University


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Dr. Held teaches all periods of British and American literatures, and his teaching, like his scholarship, centers on the intersection of literature and religion. He has published articles in The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, The Henry James Review, The Victorian Review, Arthuriana, and Studies in Philology. He is presently at work on a book that treats the evolving concept of the “conscience” in English Renaissance literature, with a focus on Shakespeare and John Milton. 

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Selected Publications

“Caliban and the Rhetoric of Sincerity: Postcolonialism, Performance, and the Self,” Christianity and Literature 67.1 (2017): 69-88.

“Eve’s ‘paradise within’ in Paradise Lost: A Stoic Mind, a Love Sonnet, and a Good Conscience,” Studies in Philology 114.1 (2017): 171-96.

“Arthur and the Failed Pursuit of Imitatio Christi: Christological Allusion in Spenser’s Faerie Queene and Tennyson’s Idylls of the King,Arthuriana 26.3 (2016): 41-66.

“Conscience, Voice, and Presence: Newman’s University Sermons and Victorian Platform Culture,” Victorian Review 40.1 (2014): 211-31.

“Ruskin, Architecture, and the Bible: Prophetic Intertext in The Seven Lamps of Architecture and The Stones of Venice,” The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies 23.2 (2013): 24-40.

“Conscience and Consciousness in The Ambassadors: Epistemology, Focalization, and Narrative Ethics,” The Henry James Review 34.1 (2013): 33-46.

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

  • Summer Research Grant, Trinity International University, 2018
  • Everett Helm Fellowship, Lilly Library, 2017
  • Summer Institute Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2016


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