Benedict Whalen

Benedict Whalen

Associate Professor of English
“Blow, blow, thou winter wind. Thou art not so unkind As man’s ingratitude. Thy tooth is not so keen, Because thou art not seen, Although thy breath be rude. Heigh-ho, sing, heigh-ho, unto the green holly. Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly. Then, heigh-ho, the holly. This life is most jolly.”
— William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for Benedict Whalen


Ph.D. in English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2013

M.A. in English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2010

B.A. in English, University of Dallas, 2008


Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Kappa Phi

Weaver Fellow, 2011-2012

Lynn M. Bennett Fellowship, 2010-2013

Rogers Fellowship, 2008-2010

Book Reviews Editor, Ben Jonson Journal

Courses Taught

ENG 104: Great Books in the Western Tradition

ENG 105: Great Books in the British and American Traditions

ENG 320: Renaissance British Literature

ENG 360: Romanticism, American Renaissance and Realism: 1820-1890

ENG 401: Shakespeare’s Tragedies

ENG 401: Early Shakespeare

ENG 401: Later Shakespeare

ENG 401: The English Renaissance Lyric

ENG 401: The Metaphysical Poets

ENG 402: Hemingway and Fitzgerald

ENG 403: Tragedy: Ancient to Modern

CSP 101: The Liberal Arts Tradition

CSP 260: Shakespeare’s Ancient Rome


Lyra Martyrum: An Anthology of the Poetry of the English Martyrs 1503-1681. Editor. Providence, Rhode Island: Cluny Media, 2019.

“‘For One’s Offence Why Should so Many Fall’?: Hecuba and the Problems of Conscience in The Rape of Lucrece and Hamlet.” In “Religions in Shakespeare’s Writings,” edited by David V. Urban. Special issue, Religions 10, no. 1 (2019): 38.

“Misers of Sound and Syllable: On the Extraordinary Freedom and Expressive Possibility of Iambic Pentameter.” In “The Poetry Issue.” Forma: Classical Thought for Contemporary Culture 8 (Fall 2018): 38-42.

“The Context of Sin and Rebellion in John Donne’s ‘Holy Sonnet XIV’.” In Critical Insights: Rebellion, edited by Robert Evans, 96-111. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2017.

“Friar Laurence and Sacramental Confession in Romeo and Juliet.” In Critical Insights: Romeo and Juliet, edited by Robert Evans, 29-46. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2017.

“Private Conscience, Public Reform, and Disguised Rule in The Malcontent and Measure for Measure.” Ben Jonson Journal 21.1 (2014): 73-91.

Scholarly Service:

Reviews Editor, Ben Jonson Journal


Dr. Benedict Whalen completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Dallas, and his graduate degrees at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He then taught at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi before coming to Hillsdale College in 2014. Much of his teaching is in the literature of the Renaissance, including especially the works of Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights. He also regularly teaches courses on English Renaissance lyric poetry, including the metaphysical poets. Dr. Whalen delights in Hillsdale College’s genuine devotion to the liberal arts, and in the College’s sincere commitment to the formation of the whole person through balanced and integrated study in its core curriculum.