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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 focuses on the interaction between literature and theology in Reformation writing and in evangelical writing. He has a particular interest in evangelical expressions of millennialism and Biblical interpretation. He also specialises in Digital Humanities, especially on digital editing, textual processing and analysis, and user-led design.

At Fresher level, Mark coordinates the JF module Early Modern Literature: Themes, Texts, and Contexts and he offers Sophister modules on Milton, Digital Humanities, and the Bible as literature. He also contributes to the School’s Masters course on research methods and teaches an M. Phil. Option on digital scholarly editing. He is currently Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning for the School of English.

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. In 2020, he published Understanding Dispensationalism with Wipf & Stock. 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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