Thomas Vozar



College: College of Humanities
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Early Modern Studies

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, I studied classics at Oberlin College (BA 2013) and the University of Pennsylvania (MA 2015) before coming to Exeter, where I am a second-year PhD student in English.

My dissertation, supervised by Karen Edwards and Matthew Wright, is concerned with Milton and the concept of the sublime. Though the notion of Milton as a sublime poet is so common as to be almost a cliché, scholarship has never fully explored Milton in relation to the sublime, no doubt because it has been perceived as a largely post-Miltonic concept first formulated in the context of eighteenth-century aesthetic theory. My research, building on recent scholarship on the sublime in classical antiquity and the Renaissance, will provide both a historical exposition of the sublime as a pre-aesthetic concept and an exegesis of the sublime in Milton's poetry.

Besides Milton and the sublime, I am interested in a variety of topics in European literature and intellectual history, including, but not limited to, Shakespearean tragedy; classical reception; classical translations; Renaissance humanism; rhetoric, poetics, and the history of literary criticism; Latin poetry (Classical and Neo-); and epic poetry. My work has been published or is forthcoming in the journals Philosophy and LiteratureLatomus, and the Rheinisches Museum für Philologie.

I have also developed an interest in digital humanities, specifically the use of digital tools for textual criticism and corpus linguistics, and to that end have begun to learn markup languages (HTML, TEI XML) and the programming language Python.

I am delighted to be conducting my research at Exeter and grateful to be funded by an International Excellence Scholarship for Postgraduate Research.