Mark D. Koch
Lecturer in WritingCoordinator, Writing 2-3
I have been teaching first-year college writing all of my career because I believe it is essential for complex academic thinking and because I have always been interested in the pedagogy. Consequently, I have served many years as an administrator of writing courses, most recently as the associate director of the first-year writing program at the University of Michigan. I also read and write on cartography and its relation to literature, as well as on beggary, almsgiving, and gift-exchange economics. Recently, I have been studying the rhetoric of British charity sermons in the 18th century.
“'A Spectacle Pleasing to God and Man': Sympathy and the Show of Charity in the Restoration Spittle Sermons," Eighteenth-Century Studies 46: 4 (Summer 2013).
“Ruling the World: The Cartographic Gaze in English Accounts of the New World." Literature and Geography. Ed. Richard Helgerson and Joanne Woolway. Special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies: A Journal of Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century English Literature. October 1998.
“The Desanctification of the Beggar in Rogue Pamphlets of the English Renaissance.” The Work of Dissimilitude: Essays from the Sixth Citadel Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Literature. Edited by David G. Allen and Robert A. White. Newark: University of Delaware UP, 1992. 91-104.
“Utilitarian and Reactionary Arguments for Almsgiving in Wordsworth’s ‘The Old Cumberland Beggar’.” Eighteenth-Century Life 13: 3 (November 1989): 18-33.
“The Shaking of the Superflux: King Lear, Charity, and the Tyranny of Equivalence.” The Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal 10 (1990): 86-100.
Works in Progress
on-going book project: The Economy of Charity: Beggary and Almsgiving in English Literature, 1650-1800. With an emphasis on charity as a gift exchange, the dissolution of almsgiving in the early modern era, seventeenth-century “Spittle” sermons, early eighteenth-century charity schools and workhouses, and the rise Sentimentalism.