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Dr. Joshua Avery

Associate Professor
English Department
Office: Heard 121
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8008900 College St, Box 8008BeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-4692(254) 295-4692
Subjects Taught: Rhetoric and Composition I and II, Milton, Shakespeare, Advanced Grammar, British Literature to 1785, British Literature from 1785, Principles of Literature, Introduction to World Masterpieces, Major Authors, Literature and Social Consciousness
Degrees Earned: B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (all from University of Dallas)

Dr. Avery came to Mary Hardin-Baylor after having taught
for six years in the English Department and Honors program at Palm Beach
Atlantic University. Prior to being at PBAU, Dr. Avery earned his doctorate in
literature at the University of Dallas. His academic interests are
wide-ranging, as his doctoral degree covered the major texts of philosophy,
theology, and literature in the Western tradition.  Consequently, he enjoys teaching a broad
variety of material, from ancient to modern eras. Dr. Avery's main research
interest is in Renaissance literature, especially Shakespeare. His current
agenda involves examining the implications of theological resonances in some of
Shakespeare's plays. Dr. Avery is married with one daughter. In his spare time,
he loves reading, discussing ideas with interested colleagues and students, and
playing Ultimate Frisbee.




"Raphael Hythloday and Lucian's Cynic." Accepted and pending publication in Moreana.  

“Soldierly Training in Two Merry Tales from More’s Dialogue of Comfort Against

                Tribulation.” Moreana 53.205-206 (Mar. 2017): 197-209.

"Faith in the Unseen: Helena's Sacramental Vision in All's Well That Ends Well." Renascence
69.1 (2017): 33-48.

“Charles Williams’s Critique of Romantic Individualism in Descent into Hell.” Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review. 32 (2015): 69-80.


“Protestant Epistemology and Othello’s Consciousness.” Renascence. 65.4 (Summer 2013): 268-85.


“Falstaff’s Conscience and Protestant Thought in Shakespeare’s Second Henriad." Renascence. 65.2 (Winter 2013): 79-90.


“From ‘Obloquy’ to ‘So Great Trust’: Broken Judgment in More’s and Shakespeare’s Richard III.” Moreana 48.183-184 (June 2011): 129-43.

“'Irony and Charity are Met Together’: A Puzzle in Margaret Roper's Letter to Alice Alington.” Moreana46.176 (June 2009): 65-75.


Book Review of With What Persuasion: An Essay on Shakespeare and the Ethics of Rhetoric, by Scott Crider. Sixteenth Century Journal 42.2 (Summer 2011): 597.




Research Interests

Renaissance literature, literature and theology