Dr. Robert Kilgore
Chair, Department of English and Theatre
Assistant Professor of Renaissance Literature
257 Library (Hilton Head Gateway)
Ph.D., M.A., University of South Carolina, 2008, 2003
B.A., M.B.A., Virginia Tech, 1996, 1998
Dr. Kilgore specializes in the literature, history, and religion of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but often creeps toward the medieval. Writers of interest include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Chris Marlowe, Philip Sidney, Aemilia Lanyer, King James, George Herbert, Abraham Cowley, John Milton, and Aphra Behn. He teaches students in Medieval and Renaissance Literature courses, and Composition. He directs the department's Internship Program, advises the USCB Writing Center, and serves as the Department's chair.
He is writing a book-length manuscript, tentatively titled Renaissance Genres and the Power of David, which argues that early modern writing about David invents a wide range of literary kinds that are still with us today.
- “The Politics of King David in Early Modern English Verse.” Studies in Philology 111.3 (Summer 2014): 411-41.
- “From ‘Employment’ (I) to ‘Grace’: George Herbert’s Restructuring of Work.” George Herbert Journal 35.1-2 (Fall 2011/Spring 2012, published 2014): 72-81.
- "Mixing Genres in George Peele’s The Love of David and Fair Bersabe." Renaissance Papers 2010. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2011. 11-22.
- "Poets, Critics, and the Redemption of Poesy: Philip Sidney’s Defence of Poesy and Metrical Psalms." The Sacred and Profane in English Renaissance Literature. Ed. Mary A. Papazian. University of Delaware Press, 2008. 108-31.
- "Fit for a King: The Manuscript Psalms of King James VI/I." Renaissance Papers 2007. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2008. 97-110.
- "Rereading Ourselves in 'Redemption'." George Herbert Journal 26 (Fall 2002/Spring 2003, published 2005): 1-14.
- "The Elliptical Politics of Cowley's David's Psalm 114." Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation. Queen Mary, University of London. July 2013.
- "Cowley’s ‘Sidnean Wit’: The Scope of the Heroic." Renaissance Society of America. San Diego, April 2013.
- "From 'Employment' to 'Grace': Herbert’s Restructuring of Work." Structures in The Temple; The Structure of The Temple. George Herbert Society. Charleston, SC, March 2013.
- "Milton, Monarchy, David and the Psalms.” The King James Bible and Its Cultural Afterlife. The Ohio State University, Columbus, May 2011.
- “Mixing Genres in George Peele’s The Love of David and Fair Bathsheba.” Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference. Montréal, October 2010.
- “Herbert's Postmodern Condition?: The Country Parson, The Temple, and the Emerging Church.” George Herbert’s Travels: International Print & Cultural Legacies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, October 2008.
- “Fit for a King: The Manuscript Psalms of King James VI/I.” Meeting of the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, Athens, University of Georgia, October 2007.
- “In Defense of Philip Sidney’s Psalms, or the Psalms in the Poet’s Defence.” Meeting of the Sidney Society at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University, May 2005.
- “Gadamer’s Hermeneutics and the English Renaissance Religious Lyric.” Meeting of the Southern Comparative Literature Association, Columbia, University of South Carolina, October 2004.
- “Grace That Works: Parable and Paradox in George Herbert’s ‘Redemption’.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University, May 2004.
- Travel and lodging funds for "Constructing Authorship," colloquia led by Barbara Lewalski. Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, Sept. 2013 – May 2014.
- University of South Carolina RISE Grant — travel and lodging to London to present at the Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation conference. Summer 2013.
- South Carolina Humanities Council, "Chaucer at the Speedway Series."
- Arts Council of Beaufort County, "Chaucer at the Speedway Series."
- Travel and lodging funds for "Researching the Archive," dissertation-writing seminar led by David Scott Kastan and Linda Levy Peck. Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, Sept. 2005 – May 2006.