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Feisal Mohamed
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8432
Room Number: 4406.09
Office Hours: Thursdays 10:00-11:00
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., U of Toronto (2003)
Research Interests: early modern poetry, with emphasis on John Milton; literature and legal history; political theory; human rights; Alain Badiou.
Specialization: Cultural Studies|Early Modern Literature|Philosophy and Literature|Postcolonial, Transnational, and Global Literature and Theory
Feisal Mohamed's current work focuses on seventeenth-century contributions to sovereignty as an idea and practice. This includes the persistence of theological language around the sovereign as deciding instance, and also the parceling of sovereign power in relatively autonomous bureaucracies, such as courts and corporations. As reflection and contribution to the period's political imaginary, literary texts offer fundamental insights into the shaping of this aggravatingly persistent modern political formation.

A past president of the Milton Society of America, his work has been supported by a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship. He has been awarded the Milton Society of America’s James Holly Hanford Award for Milton and the Post-Secular Present, and, with co-editor Mary Nyquist, its Irene Samuel Award for the collection Milton and Questions of History, as well as receiving an honorable mention for the MLA’s William Riley Parker Prize in 2005. In addition to scholarly venues, his writing has appeared in The Chronicle Review, Dissent Magazine, The Huffington Post, the website of The New Republic, and The New York Times.

With Marcus Keller and Ellen McClure, Mohamed edits the Northwestern University Press series “Rethinking the Early Modern.”

Selected publications:

Milton and the Post-Secular Present: Ethics, Politics, Terrorism. Palo Alto: Stanford UP, 2011.

In the Anteroom of Divinity: The Reformation of the Angels from Colet to Milton. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2008.

Edited collections:
with Patrick Fadely. Milton’s Modernities. Evanston: Northwestern UP, in press.

with Gordon Hutner. A New Deal for the Humanities: Liberal Arts and the Future of Public Higher Education. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2015.

with Mary Nyquist. Milton and Questions of History: Essays by Canadians Past and Present. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2012.

Recent articles and book chapters:
Memorial, Performance, and Tragic Action in Samson Agonistes.” A New Companion to Milton. Ed. Thomas N. Corns. Oxford: Wiley, 2016. 493-502.

"Milton's Enmity toward Islam and the Intellectus Agens." Special issue, "Reading Milton through Islam." Ed. David Currell and Fran├žois-Xavier Gleyzon. English Studies 96 (2015): 65-81.

"Milton's Capitalist Son of God? Temporality and Divine Order in De Doctrina Christiana." Milton Now: Alternative Approaches and Contexts. Ed. Catharine Gray and Erin Murphy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

"A Feminism of Convenience: Roger Williams, Egyptian Salafists and Liberty of Conscience for Women." Religious Tolerance in the Atlantic World: Early Modern and Contemporary Perspectives. Ed. Eliane Glaser. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

"Milton Against Sacrifice." Religion and Literature 45 (2013): 192-206.

"Milton, Sir Henry Vane, and the Brief but Significant Life of Godly Republicanism." Special issue, "'Relation Stands': Essays on Paradise Regained." Ed. John Rogers. Huntington Library Quarterly 76 (2013): 83-104.

"From Porphyry to Habermas: Imperial Henotheism and the Post-secular State." Philosophy and the Abrahamic Religions: Scriptural Hermeneutics and Epistemology. Ed. WJT Kirby et al. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars P, 2013. 371-84.

"Fielding, Jonson, and the Critique of High Mimesis in Paradise Lost." Milton and Questions of History. Ed. Feisal G. Mohamed and Mary Nyquist. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2012. 291-310.