John C Freeman

Professor of English

John C Freeman
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 230
Phone: 313-993-2008
John C Freeman


  • Ph.D., Wayne State University


John Freeman is a Renaissance scholar with a wide range of research and teaching interests, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to Thomas More’s Utopia to issues involved in digital and popular culture. He received his doctorate from Wayne State University and joined the faculty in 1987. He has published articles in such venues as Postmodern Culture, ELH, Studies in the Novel, Moreana, English Literary Renaissance, CTheory and Modern Language Review. As a teacher, he enjoys engaging students in dialogues about literature, science, digital studies and social issues. He at times buys pizzas for a whole class, knowing that literary tastes can be complemented by inculcating tastes in other fields.

His recent publications are entitled “Code Poetry in Motion: Cummings’ Digital Grasshopper” (Postmodern Culture) and “Cummings by the Numbers” (Essays in Criticism). The first examines how the poet has transformed his mechanical typewriter into the equivalent of a hardware device supplied with the necessary software for running the poem as a program. The second establishes him as a forerunner to contemporary code poets. A forthcoming essay is self-explanatory: “Poe’s Philosophy of Comp[utation]: A Programmer’s Guide to ‘The Raven.’" More socially relevant scholarship includes “Tupac’s ‘Holographic Resurrection’: Corporate Takeover or Rage against the Machinic?” and “Tupac’s Quest for Black Jesus: God as Deadbeat Dad and Afeni, the Migdala.”

The full range of his scholarly work can be explored at the following website: