B.A. in English, University of Minnesota Duluth
M.A. in English, University of Minnesota Duluth
A native Minnesotan, Scott Koski received both his BA and MA in English from the University of Minnesota Duluth. His main focus is in Early Modern Studies, and though a passion for Shakespeare has been with him since an early age, his scholarly efforts have focused less on the Bard and more on the writers whose careers were eclipsed over time by Shakespeare’s legend. At UMD, Koski focused primarily on the pamphlets of Robert Greene, arguing that Greene, by adopting such a scandalous persona—near indistinguishable on or off the page—created a buzz that deliberately amplified his popularity and success as a writer; a state cut short by his premature death. With that as a foundation, Koski plans to continue his work in the Early Modern at St. John’s, using Greene as a sort touchstone for the literary scene of late 16th century London, the hope being to try and use the conversations happening in those lesser known works to help triangulate a young Shakespeare at the beginning of his career. Beyond the Early Modern, Koski also has a strong interest in both Romanticism and Literary Theory, specifically in postcolonial and post-structural thought.