Professor of English
Office: LA 258-C
PhD, English (2001), University of California, Los Angeles
MA, English (1997), University of California, Los Angeles
California Teaching Credential in English (1988), University of California, Davis
BA, English and German (1986), University of California, Davis
Curt Whitaker has taught Renaissance literature for the Department since his arrival in 2001. His research focuses on pre-industrial representations of nature--e.g., gardens, agriculture, water, medicinals--in seventeenth-century poetry, especially that of George Herbert and Andrew Marvell. He received ISU's Master Teacher Award in 2007 and 2015 and sits on the local boards of the Portneuf Valley Audubon Society and the Pinyon Jay Press.
Additional interests: aesthetics, cognitive theory, translation theory, religion and literature, pedagogy.
“Marvell on Renaissance Translation Practice.” Studies in English Literature 59 (2019): 177-202.
"Domesticating and Foreignizing the Sublime: Paradise Lost in German," 2017, Milton in Translation, ed. Angelica Duran, Islam Issa, and Jonathan Olson (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
"Bioaesthetics and the American West," 2014, Found in Alberta: Environmental Themes for the Anthropocene, ed. Robert Boschman and Mario Trono (Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press).
"Fairfax, Marvell, and the Mowers of Nun Appleton," 2013, Ben Jonson Journal.
"German Translations of Paradise Lost," 2012, Yale Milton Encyclopedia.
"Andrew Marvell, Man Without Qualities," 2011, Essay Review, Huntington Library Quarterly.
"Herbert's Pastor as Herbalist," 2010, George Herbert's Pastoral: New Essays on the Poet and Priest of Bemerton, ed. Christopher Hodgkins (Newark: University of Delaware Press).
"Baptisms and Burials: The Presence of the Prayer Book in Herbert's Nature Poetry," 2006, George Herbert Journal.
"Seventeenth-Century Teeth," 2003, Rendezvous.
"Andrew Marvell's Garden-Variety Debates," 1999, Huntington Library Quarterly.
Master Teacher, ISU, 2007 and 2015
- 6632: Seminar in Teaching Literature
- 6625: Seminar in a Literary Period
- 4474/5574: Milton
- 4464/5564: Studies in 17th-Century Literature
- 4463/5563: Renaissance Literature
- 4461/5561: Studies in Classical Literature
- 3341: Bible as Literature
- 3322: Genre Studies in Poetry
- 3311: Writing and Research about Literature
- 1115: Literature and the Environment
- 1102: Critical Reading and Writing
- 1101: English Composition
- Classical (Greek and Roman) Literature
- Science and Religion in Literature