Angela Balla

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(256) 824-2378


Ph.D. -- University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
M.A. -- University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
B.A. -- University of Arizona

Areas of Specialization/Interests:

Early modern English poetry, especially Milton; religion and the history of toleration; intellectual history, particularly the evolution of evidence; political and ethical theory; early women writers; gender studies

Current Projects:

My current research examines the role of seventeenth-century religious poetry in the rise of toleration. In addition to working on several chapters, I am currently researching a separate essay, "George and Edward Herbert's Intertwined Paths Toward Toleration."

I am also at work on a project that grew out of my graduate teaching: "Satirizing the Absolute: Margaret Cavendish's Critique of Sovereignty in The Blazing World."


"Baconian Investigation and Spiritual Standing in Herbert's The Temple," George Herbert Journal 34.1-2 (Fall 2009-Spring 2010): 55-77.

"Neighbourliness and Toleration in the Work of George Herbert," Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Reforme 35.2 (Spring 2012): 113-141.

"Wars of Evidence and Religious Toleration in Milton's Samson Agonistes,"  Milton Quarterly 46.2 (May 2012): 65-85.