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Dr Mark Sweetnam, B.A. (Mod.) (Dublin), H.Dip.Ed. (Dublin), Ph.D. (Dublin)Assistant Professor; Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning


Research and Teaching Interests

Mark Sweetnam studied English Literature and Mathematical Science for a TSM degree in Trinity College Dublin, gaining his B.A. (Hons) in 2004. He went on to complete a Higher Diploma in Education (TCD, 2005) and, in 2008, he completed a Ph.D. thesis on the construction of religious authority in the work of John Donne.

Dr Sweetnam's research interests lie primarily in the area of seventeenth-century literature, with a particular focus on the interaction between literature and theology in Reformation writing. He also specialises in Digital Humanities, especially on digital editing, textual processing and analysis, and user-led design. He is also interested in the expression of millennial ideas, particularly in the popular culture of evangelicalism.

Mark is Director of the M. Phil. in Digital Humanities and Culture, and teaches Masters courses on 'Digital History' and 'Digital Scholarly Editing,' as well as coordinating an internship programme, which involves students working with a wide range of cultural heritage institutions, SMEs, research projects, and charities. At undergraduate level he teaches the Freshman course 'The Discourse of Discovery in English Renaissance Literature' and the Sophister course 'Milton and the Revolutionary Imagination,' as well as contributing to the School of English's 'History of the Book' course.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Dr. Sweetnam has published widely on a range of topics, including a number of articles and chapters on Donne, Shakespeare, and Alexander Montgomerie, early-modern preaching, millennialism and Digital Humanities. His first monograph, John Donne and Religious Authority in the Reformed English Church, was published by Four Courts Press in 2014, and his second monograph, Mission and Empire in the Early Modern Public Sphere, is forthcoming with Palgrave. He has also edited the minutes of the Antrim Ministers’ Meeting 1654-1658 (Four Courts, 2012), and co-edited two volumes of essays – Left Behind and the Evangelical Imagination (with Crawford Gribben, Sheffield Phoenix, 2011) and Enigma and Revelation in Renaissance English Literature (with Helen Cooney, Four Courts, 2012). He has had extensive experience of working with collaborative, interdisciplinary projects, including Language and Linguistic Evidence in the 1641 Depositions (at the University of Aberdeen) and CULTURA: Cultivating Understanding and Research through Adaptivity.


Dr Mark Sweetnam
School of English
Room 4110
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Telephone: + 353 1 896 3694

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