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Steven D. Scherwatzky, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair


Steven Scherwatzky specializes in Restoration and 18th-century British literature. His courses emphasize the interplay between literature and history, and explore the ways in which literature reflects and shapes lived experience.


Ph.D., Rutgers University


  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Angels and Demons: Milton and the Culture of Revolution
  • Restoration and 18th-Century Literature
  • Eighteenth-Century Novel
  • Sex, Race and Empire: 1660-1814
  • Senior Seminar: The Epic Imagination in Life and Art
  • The Undead 18th-Century: The Origins of English Gothic Literature
  • Honors: Introduction to College Writing

Professional Experience

In addition to presenting papers regularly at professional conferences, Scherwatzky’s most recent publications include “Johnson’s Fallen World” in “Theology and Literature in the Age of Johnson’ (University of Delaware Press, 2012); “Politics” in ’Samuel Johnson in Context’ (Cambridge University Press, 2012); and “Richetti’s Narratives” in ‘Eighteenth-Century Life’ (2012). Scherwatzky was honored in 2005 with the Edward G. Roddy Award for Excellence in Teaching.




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