Nicholas Smolenski

Nicholas’s research (2022–23) is supported by the Dissertation Completion Fellowship awarded by Duke’s Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

Nicholas Smolenski, an early modernist and final-year candidate at Duke University, examines varying intersections of sound, acoustics, liturgy, and the senses in seventeenth-century English culture. His dissertation explores how sonic and acoustical concerns affected the rebuilding and reception of St Paul’s Cathedral in London (1660–1710). Additional research involves the representation of sound and the senses in Royalist texts (1647–49), as well as the sounding of bodily fluids in Stuart England (1603–1714).

He has published minor works for the Society of Biblical Literature (2021–22), Renaissance Quarterly (2022, forthcoming), and Visualizing Places, Spaces, and Objects (2022, forthcoming). During his studies Nicholas spent an academic year researching in London as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Exeter (Department of History; Centre for Early Modern Studies). He holds master’s degrees in musicology from Duke University and The Hartt School, and a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Western Connecticut State University.

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