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

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

ENGL 220 Crit Approaches & Lit Methods
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.

Spring 2016

ENGL 101 The History of Love
We will trace the long history of love narratives in the Western tradition, from the classical world to today. We will follow the evolution of key concepts such as sexuality, property, contract, parental authority, mutuality, companionship, possession, jealousy, and subjectivity. Authors read will likely include Sappho, Plato, Dante, Shakespeare, de Laclos, Austen, Proust, Stein, and Morrison.

ENGL 101 Writing the Self
We will apprentice ourselves to the masters of the personal essay. Authors read may include Montaigne, Addison, Hume, Johnson, Emerson, Woolf, Baldwin, and Foster Wallace.

ENGL 339 Where do Novels Come From
Unlike age-old genres such as the lyric, epic, or drama, the novel describes itself as something, well, novel. In this course we will focus on what is new about the novel by reading founding texts of the British novel tradition, with some attention to earlier sources and Continental analogues. Authors will likely include Haywood, Behn, Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Equiano, Austen, and Goethe.