Faculty Profile

Jacob Sider Jost

Assistant Professor of English (2011; 2013)

Contact Information


East College Room 309


Sider Jost's research and teaching interests include the long eighteenth century, Shakespeare, Austen, and Hume. His first book, Prose Immortality, 1711-1819, was published by Virginia in 2015, and he has work published in RES, Modern Philology, ELH, SEL, Modern Intellectual History, and elsewhere. He is currently writing a book about interest.

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., Goshen College, 2002
  • B.A., University of Oxford, 2005
  • M.A., 2009
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2011

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

ENGL 101 The Epic: God/Dev/Monster/Men
An introduction to the epic as a genre and to the mythic stories that have shaped Western culture. Texts will likely include Homer's Iliad, Beowulf, Milton's Paradise Lost, and Wordsworth's The Prelude.

ENGL 212 Writing About the Self
Students will improve their own personal and academic writing through an apprenticeship to masters of the essay. Authors read include Montaigne, Addison, Hume, Johnson, Emerson, Baldwin, Didion, and Foster Wallace.

ENGL 352 Renaissance Genres
An exploration of the literary riches of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, particularly drama. Primary source authors will likely include Marlowe, Middleton, Jonson, Shakespeare, and Webster, with secondary readings from Aristotle, Hegel, Frye, and others. Note: This course does not overlap with English 392: Shakespeare.