Dr. Ben Faber

Associate Professor of English

Phone: 9056482139 Ext:4400

Email: bfaber@redeemer.ca

Office: 239B

Department: English


D.Phil. (1992), University of Oxford
Dissertation: The Poetics of Subversion and Conservatism: Satire ca. 1640-1649.

B.A. Hons (1987), English, McMaster University


  • Ways of Reading: Fiction (ENG-103)
  • The British Novel (ENG-257)
  • History of Literary Criticism (ENG-315)
  • Nineteenth-Century English Literature I: Romantic (ENG-345)
  • Shakespeare (ENG-361)
  • Western Culture & Tradition II (HUM-120)


Dr. Ben Faber has published essays on William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, and Henry Alline’s sermons and hymns. He has recently presented conference papers on Milton at the International Milton Symposium at the University of London (2008) and at Worcester College, Oxford (2009), on Joseph Hall (2010), and on Andrew Marvell (2011). He teaches courses in the department on Shakespeare, Milton, History of Literary Criticism, British Novel, British Literature 1660-1830, and, occasionally, Children’s Literature.

Research Interests

  • Early-modern non-dramatic English literature (esp. Milton, Marvell), Shakespeare and theory

Recent Publications

“Calvin and Hobbes: Providence and Politics in Robinson Crusoe.” Sublimer Aspects: Literature, Aesthetics, and Theology 1715-1885. Ed. Natasha Duquette. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.

“Ethical Hermeneutics in the Theater: Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.” Hermeneutics at the Crossroads: Interpretation in Christian Perspective. Ed. Kevin Vanhoozer, James K.A. Smith, and Bruce Ellis Benson. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 2006.

“‘My Stammering Tongue and Unpolished Pen’: Henry Alline’s Language and Literature.” Revivals, Baptists, & George Rawlyk. Ed. Daniel C. Goodwin. Wolfville, NS: Acadia, 2000.