Zoe Gibbons

Zoe Gibbons

English - Asst. Prof.

Office: Kauke 113
Phone: 330-287-1987
Email: zgibbons@wooster.edu


  • B.A., Mt. Holyoke College, 2009
  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2018

Courses Taught

  • English 120: Fictions of Knowledge 
  • English 160: Cultural Criticism

Research Interests

I received my PhD from Princeton University and my BA from Mount Holyoke College. I study early modern English literature, intellectual history, and material culture, with a focus on the seventeenth century. My book project, From Time to Time: Narratives of Temporality in Early Modern England, 1610-1670, traces the development of an anti-historical sense of time in English literary culture. I argue that authors such as John Donne, Thomas Hobbes, Thomas Browne, and Andrew Marvell used unorthodox, often non-linear narratives of temporality to undermine the principal tenet of early modern historiography: that the study of the past could provide reliable moral and political models for the present. My other research and teaching interests include revenge tragedy, Restoration drama, satire, speculative fiction, and the history of science and technology. As a graduate of a small liberal arts college, I am very excited to spend the 2019-2020 academic year at Wooster and to mentor students in their independent research.