Faculty Profile

Jacob Sider Jost

Assistant Professor of English (2011; 2013)

Contact Information


Historic President's House 3rd Fl, Room 8

Office Hours for Spring 2019: Tuesday 3-5, Thursday 1-3


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 Essays in Criticism, MLN, 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

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

ENGL 101 The Epic: God/Dev/Monster/Men
Cross-listed with MEMS 200-04. An introduction to the epic as a genre and to the mythic stories that have shaped Western culture. We will read works by Homer, Virgil, the Beowulf poet, Milton, and Alexander Pope.

MEMS 200 The Epic: God/Dev/Monster/Men
Cross-listed with ENGL 101-05. 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 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 331 Shakespeare and Tragedy
An exploration of tragedy through primary texts (Sophocles, Euripides, above all Shakespeare), canonical theories (Aristotle, Hegel, Frye) and recent critical discussions (Rowan Williams, Blair Hoxby, Joshua Billings)

Spring 2019

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 341 English Literature: 1660-1776
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.