16th-century and 17th-century literature, natural philosophy/science, and educational reforms, with special interest in Milton, Shakespeare, Spenser, Sidney, Herbert, Bunyan, and Donne. Comparative and World Literature, with a special interest in Anglophone-Hispanophone translation and influence, as well as the relationship of censorship and aesthetics. Religious Studies, especially the King James Version of the Bible and the Reformation.
Angelica Duran is a Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Religious Studies, whose courses reflect the primary areas of her publications, all of which, in turn, reflect her interest in extending the readership of 17th-century literary texts both in the classroom and in society at large, and in showing points of unity between groups that are often seen as antagonistic and oppositional. An early version of part of her first book, The Age of Milton and The Scientific Revolution (Duquesne UP, 2007), entitled "The Sexual Mathematics of Paradise Lost" was the most electronically-accessed article in Milton Quarterly in 2003. Her current monograph-projects shift from the "two cultures" of the arts and sciences to Anglophone and Hispanophone cultures: Milton among Spaniards and Milton in Hispanoamerica. She is the editor of A Concise Companion to Milton (Blackwell, 2007,pbk. 2010) and The King James Bible across Borders and Centuries (Duquesne UP, 2014); the lead-editor of Mo Yan in Context: Nobel Laureate and Global Storyteller (Purdue UP, 2014) and Milton in Translation (Oxford UP, 2017); and the author over 20 chapters and articles. Having been born and schooled in California, she (nevertheless and thoroughly) enjoys living in the U.S. Midwest during the school-year, and traveling nationally and internationally in the summers.