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Rudolph P. Almasy

Rudolph P. Almasy

Professor of English

Ph.D. 1975 Minnesota


Early Modern
Reformation Studies

Selected Publications

Representative Articles:

  • “Richard Hooker and Places of Worship – ‘In due season they are all pleasaunt and good’” Anglican and Episcopal History, Sept 2016, pp 306-330.
  • “Richard Hooker’s ‘labour’ on behalf of the puritan conscience,” Reformation & Renaissance Review, April 2014, 24-36.
  • “Richard Hooker Of the Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie” chapter 35 in The Oxford Handbook of English Prose 1500-1640, ed. Andrew Hatfield, Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • “Richard Hooker and Righteous Rhetorical Display, ” Perichoresis: The Theological Journal of Emanuel University (Romania), 8.1, 2010, 3-24.
  • “The Elizabethan Church as Restoration,” Renaissance and Reformation, Autumn 2009, 31-48
  • “Numinous Priesthood? The Politics of Chapter 76 and 77 of Hooker’s Book V” in Lutheran and Anglican: Essays in Honour of Egil Grislis, St. John’s College Press, University of Manitoba, 2009.
  • ”’To prove good . . . before the world, or at least to . . . cloak it . . . more cunningly’: Textual Desire in John Jewel and Richard Hooker,” in Anglican and Episcopal History, December 2008.
  • “Inspiring Hope: Questions of Purpose and Audience in The Vocacyon of Johan Bale,” Reformation, vol 6, 2002.
  • “Tyndale Menedemus,” Word, Church, and State: Tyndale Quincentenary Essays, Catholic University Press, 1998.
  • ”’I am that I preach’: Tyndale as Mediator in “The Parable of the Wicked Mammon,” Renaissance and Reformation, Spring 2002, 5-22
  • “Language and Exclusion in the First Book of Hooker’s Politie” in Richard Hooker and the English Reformation, ed. W.J. Torrance Kirby, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003, 227-242
  • “Anne Askew: Constructing Her Text, Constructing Her Self,” Reformation, 10, 2005, 1-20.

Talks Offered

Rudolph Almasy currently offers the following talk as part of the English Department Speakers program:

  • “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”
  • “Harry Potter – What Was All the Fuss About?”
  • “Welcome to the Teenage Novel”
    This talk will define the teenage novel, suggest its standard characteristics, offer samples of the genre, discuss why these novels are so popular and what they reveal about the teenage world. Dr. Almasy will also recommend ways parents might want to use these books in a home environment.

The English Department Speakers program (EDS) provides talks for a variety of audiences-high schools, civic groups, community organizations, etc.-free of charge. To obtain more information about the EDS program or to schedule a speaker, call Professor Lisa Weihman at (304) 293-9735 or e-mail her at

Composition & Rhetoric
Creative Writing
Literary and Cultural Studies
Professional Writing and Editing
the WVU Writing Center

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December 6: English 418 Capstone Reading, 5:30 p.m.,130 Colson Hall

March 20: Mary Moore Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 10: Clare Beams Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 20: Calliope Reading, 7:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall

April 27: MFA Reading, 7:30 p.m., Gold Ballroom, WVU Mountainlair