Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Thomas Kaminski

Professor Emeritus

  • Office Location: Crown Center 451
  • Phone Number: 773.508.2788
  • E-mail: tkamins@luc.edu


  • BA, U. of Illinois (1972)
  • AM (1973) and Ph.D. (1977), Harvard University

Program Areas

  • Classical Influences on English Poetry
  • Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature
  • Samuel Johnson

Selected 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.