Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Thomas Kaminski

Title/s:  Professor

Specialty Area: Classical influences on English poetry, Restoration and 18th-century English literature, Samuel Johnson

Office #:  Crown Center 451

Phone: 82788



B.A., U. of Illinois (1972)

A.M. (1973), Ph.D. (1977), Harvard University

Research Interests

Classical influences on English poetry; Restoration and 18th-Century English Literature; Samuel Johnson

Selected Publications

Recent Publications:

“Edmund Waller’s ‘Easy’ Style and the Heroic Couplet,” SEL, vol. 55, 2015, pp. 95-123.

“Swift’s Politics Reconsidered,” in Editing Lives: Essays in Honor of O M Brack, Jr.. Edited by Jesse G. Swan. Bucknell, 2014, pp. 151-76.

“Three Contexts for Reading Johnson’s Parliamentary Debates,” in Samuel Johnson: New Contexts for a New Century. Edited by Howard Weinbrot. Huntington Library Press, 2014, pp. 195-216.

Samuel Johnson's Debates in Parliament, vols. 11-13 of The Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson. Edited by Thomas Kaminski and Benjamin Hoover. Text edited by O M Brack Jr. Yale University Press, 2012. 

"The Nature of Johnson's Toryism," in The Politics of Samuel Johnson. Edited by Howard Erskine-Hill and Jonathan Clark (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2012, pp. 9-56.

Work in Progress:

A study of classical influences on English poetry from Edmund Waller through Samuel Johnson.