Jody DeRitter, Ph.D.


Professor, Department of English & Theatre

McDade Center for Literary & Performing Arts
Office: CLP211
Phone: x6148

A.B., Oberlin College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia


Jody DeRitter, Professor of the English & Theatre Department, has an A.B. from Oberlin College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His book The Embodiment of Characters (U Penn Press, 1994) focuses on the relationship between the eighteenth-century London stage and the rise of the English novel; he has also published several other essays on plays and novels from this era. Over the past few years, his research interests have shifted toward "Early Modern Atlantic Studies," which would include the 17th century as well as the 18th, and American as well as British history and literature. His courses include the Restoration and 18th-century Brit Lit survey, Restoration & 18th-century Drama, Race in Anglo-American Culture, and Frankenstein's Forebears. Hobbies include playing soccer, playing piano, and irritating local elected officials. Don't mind the chair noises; they're usually in reference to someone who's not actually in the room at the time.

Dr. DeRitter specializes in the following courses:

  • ENLT 227: Frankenstein's Forebears
  • ENLT 228: Race in Anglo-American Culture, 1600-1860 (Theory Intensive)
  • ENLT 244: British Literature: Restoration and 18th Century (Area B)
  • ENLT 344: Milton's Paradise Lost
  • ENLT 345: Restoration and 18th-century Drama (Area B)