Kevin Van Anglen

Senior Lecturer, English, College of Arts & Sciences

Kevin Van Anglen’s main areas of interest are American literature to 1865, European-American literary relations, religion and literature, and literature and the environment. ?He teaches undergraduate courses in all these areas as well as courses in American literature 1865-1950 and British literature to 1670.? (These include EN 220, 221, 322, 538, 539, 545, 546, and 579.) ? He serves as an editor of the Princeton Thoreau Edition, for which he has edited Thoreau’s?Translations?of ancient Greek and Sanscrit texts, and helped edit a dozen other series volumes; the author of a book on Milton’s New England reception; editor of a collection of Thoreau’s quotations; and coeditor of an interdisciplinary anthology on the environment.

He has also written or have forthcoming articles on the early nineteenth-century American reception of Virgil, Dante, Milton, and Samuel Johnson; aspects of Thoreau’s short nature essays (“the excursions”); and the scholarly neglect or misunderstanding of religion’s role in American culture.? He is currently coediting and contributing to an essay collection on the classics and Anglo-American romanticism; planning another essay collection for the Thoreau Society to commemorate Thoreau’s bicentennial in 2017; and finishing a book on Hawthorne, Milton, and the idea of aristocracy in New England. ?Van Anglen is the Keeper of F. O. Matthiessen’s library at Harvard; coeditor of the journal,?Religion and the Arts; and just finished six years on the Thoreau Society’s Board of Directors (which gave him its Walter Harding Distinguished Service Award for 2012).