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Andrew McKendry

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: mckendra@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23670
Office: Chester New Hall 310

Andrew McKendry is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. He received his PhD from Queen’s University, where he was awarded the A.C. Hamilton Dissertation Prize, and he recently held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale University. Andrew is currently developing a monograph, entitled Narratives of Toleration, 1660-1719, which studies the role that narrative forms—from The Blazing World to Robinson Crusoe—played in “naturalizing” the ascendency of religious toleration. Interrogating the “rise of toleration” so often considered the defining characteristic of the period, this study works to uncover how stories—about crime, about labor, about the natural world—could stage the failure of persecution and the desuetude of uniformity in unique ways. As part of this project, Andrew is completing a piece that traces how the affinities between civil, spiritual, and corporeal disability informed debates about the impact of the penal laws during the 1670s and 1680s, particularly as these debates took form in John Milton’s Samson Agonistes.

Selected Publications:

  • “Dissenters and Nonconformists.” Mary Wollstonecraft in Context. Eds. Nancy E. Johnson and Paul Keen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (forthcoming)
  • “‘No Parallels from Hebrew Times’: Troubled Typologies and the Glorious Revolution in Daniel Defoe’s Williamite Poetry.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 50.1 (2016): 81-99.
  • “Will the Public Please Step Forward? Libel Law and Public Opinion in Byron’s The Vision of Judgment.” Studies in Romanticism 54.4 (2015):525-549
  • “‘For thou can’st read’: Cultural Silence and Education in Gray’s Elegy.” Lumen 31 (2012): 101-114.
  • “The Haphazard Journey of a Mind: Experience and Reflection in Samuel Johnson’s A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland.” Age of Johnson 20 (2010): 11-34.