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Faculty Profile

Jacob Sider Jost

Assistant Professor of English (2011; 2013)

Contact Information

East College Room 306


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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

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 101 Doomsday Books
Global warming is changing our world, quickly and violently. In this class we will explore how a millennium of English authors responded to prior moments of traumatic change. We will look at invasions, plagues, religious struggles, wars, and economic and environmental transformations. Authors may include the poets of Beowulf and the mystery plays, Langland, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Defoe, Goldsmith, Blake, Shelley, Scott, and Marx. We will learn from how others have faced catastrophe.

ENGL 403 Keywords for Literary Study
Permission of Instructor Required.We will read literary criticism and theory, grouped around approximately ten key words (examples include "author," "literature," "form," "metaphor," "imagination," "text"). Readings will include both canonical literary criticism from Britain and the Continent (such as Sidney, Burke, Kant, Coleridge, Schiller, Arnold, Woolf) as well as a range of twentieth- and twenty-first century academic approaches (feminist, deconstructionist, critical race, queer, cognitive, material culture.) In the final weeks of class, students will name the key terms and choose the readings.