Prof. Crawford Gribben

I arrived at Queen’s in 2013, after more than a decade teaching early modern literature and history at the University of Manchester and Trinity College Dublin. Since then, I’ve enjoyed working with colleagues across periods and disciplines, finding a centre of gravity in the religious writing of the seventeenth century. My main focus is John Owen – a puritan theologian who, as the author of around 8 million words, must be one of the most published 17th century writers. I’m currently investigating Owen’s social network in the period after the Restoration – a network that included, alongside a host of other theologians, figures such as Locke, Bunyan, Marvell and, most interesting for me, Lucy Hutchinson. Literary scholars have long considered Hutchinson as a memoirist and poet. My current work is asking the question: does it matter where she went to church?