James J. Balakier is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English at the University of South Dakota. He received his B.A. in English from St. Vincent College in 1974, his M.A. in English from Ohio University in 1976, and his Ph.D. in English Renaissance Literature also from Ohio University, in 1981. He taught at Ohio University and Mount Mary College before joining the English faculty at the University of South Dakota in 1989. Dr. Balakier has published criticism on seventeenth-century literature and other topics in the Milton Quarterly, the University of Dayton Review, Pennsylvania English, Bulletin de la Société d'études Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe Siècles, and English Studies. He is currently writing a book on Thomas Traherne, and a study of Newton's influence on art and literature in the late seventeenth century and early eighteenth century in England along with his wife, Dr. Ann Stewart Balakier, who teaches Art History in the Art Department at the University of South Dakota.