Steven Swarbrick


Location: VC 7-298

Phone: (646) 312-3936


Steven Swarbrick’s research in early modern literature and critical theory focuses on questions of violence, affect, matter and agency, sexuality, and ethics in texts ranging from the poetry of the English Renaissance to contemporary cinema to continental philosophy. Professor Swarbrick’s articles have appeared in several anthologies and journals including Criticism, Early Modern Culture, Exemplaria, postmedieval, and Spenser Studies, among others. His current book project, “The Inhuman Renaissance: Naturalist Poetics and Forms of Life,” examines how English Renaissance poets used the resources of poetic form to imagine encounters with nature that were neither objectifying nor redemptive but figurative and inhuman: through figures of bleeding trees, weeping stones, river-semiosis, animal architecture, and vegetable love, they suspended what we know about the natural world, and, implicatively, about ourselves.

Professor Swarbrick received his Ph.D. in English in 2016 from Brown University. While at Brown, he received the Jean Starr Untermeyer Fellowship in Poetry and Poetics, the Cogut Center for the Humanities Graduate Fellowship, and the Brown/Wheaton College Faculty Fellowship. In 2016-2017, he was a postdoctoral fellow in English at Tulane University.

At Baruch, Professor Swarbrick teaches courses in English Renaissance Literature, including Milton, and Environmental Humanities.

Research Interests

Early modern literature and culture; ecocriticism and posthumanism; poetry and poetics; critical theory and psychoanalysis; continental philosophy; gender and sexuality studies.

The City University of New York