Faculty Profile

Jacob Sider Jost

Assistant Professor of English (2011; 2013)

Contact Information

siderjoj@dickinson.edu

East College Room 309
717.254.8950
https://dickinson.academia.edu/JacobSiderJost

Bio

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

Education

  • 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.

WRPG 211 Writing About the Self
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-03.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 212 Writing About the Self
Cross-listed with WRPG 211-03.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.

Spring 2017

ENGL 220 Intro to Literary Studies
In literary studies, we explore the work texts do in the world. This course examines several texts of different kinds (e.g., novel, poetry, film, comic book, play, etc.) to investigate how literary forms create meanings. It also puts texts in conversation with several of the critical theories and methodologies that shape the discipline of literary study today (e.g., Marxist theory, new historicism, formalism, gender theory, postcolonial theory, ecocriticism, etc.). This course helps students frame interpretive questions and develop their own critical practice. This course is the prerequisite for 300-level work in English.

ENGL 354 English Literature, 1660-1798
Canonical authors and marginal voices of the long eighteenth century. Plagues, fires, invasions, fashion, theology, flirtation, lexicography, heavy drinking, slavery, rebellion, municipal sanitation, love. Pepys, Dryden, Behn, Addison, Pope, Swift, Pilkington, Johnson, Boswell, Piozzi, possibly early Austen.