Dr. Jody DeRitter
A.B., Oberlin College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
Dr. 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 18th-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 Bit. 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 teaches the following courses:
ENLT 121 Intro. to Poetryplus or minus
3 cr. (CL)
An exploration of the nature of poetry, its value, aims, and techniques. The emphasis will be critical rather than historical. The range of poems and the specific selections may vary with the individual instructor.
ENLT 132X FYS-Dystopian Visionsplus or minus
3 cr. (FYS, CL)
Students will be introduced to the college-level study of fictional narratives by reading and viewing a group of novels and films that fall generally into the category of recent and contemporary dystopian science fiction. Discussions and writing assignments will emphasize critical reading skills and forensic argument.
ENLT 133X FYS-Marx, Freud, Literatureplus or minus
3 cr. (FYS)
This course in literature & literary criticism will begin with an introduction to Marxist & Freudian interpretive frameworks. We will also consider a few important theoretical responses to these approaches & try to apply them to our reading of several literary texts & two or three films.
ENLT 140 English Inquiryplus or minus
3 cr. (CL)
An exploration of fiction, poetry, and drama. The approach is inductive; the aims are a greater understanding of literature, and an introduction to techniques of literary scholarship, theory, and research.
ENLT 151/CINE 151 Intro. to Film Studiesplus or minus
An introduction to narrative film considered as an art form. The viewing list will be evenly divided between American films and films produced in other countries (frequently in languages other than English).
ENLT 153/CINE 153 History of American Filmplus or minus
A historical overview of the American film industry. The viewing list will begin with early short films produced by Thomas Edison and run through the end of the 20th-century. Each student will be expected to make at least two oral presentations to the class.
ENLT 227 Frankenstein's Forebearsplus or minus
3 cr. (CL, D, Theory Intensive)
An interdisciplinary exploration of the influential lives and works of Mary Wollstonecraft (feminist, memoirist, and novelist); William Godwin (anarchist philosopher and novelist); their daughter, Mary Sheley (author of Frankenstein); and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley (Romantic poet and erstwhile political activist).
ENLT 243 American Literature to 1865plus or minus
3 cr. (Area A-1)
An in-depth study of a select group of major American authors from the Colonial Period to the Civil War. Included are Bradford, Franklin, Irving, and Poe. Consideration given to the historical and cultural milieu and development of major American themes and attitudes. (Offered Fall Semester Only)
ENLT 345 Restoration and 18th-Century Dramaplus or minus
3 cr (Area B-2, CL, W, Theory Intensive)
A survey of the major formal and thematic developments on the London stage between 1660 and 1776. Discussions will focus on the social, political and institutional changes that re-shaped theatrical productions during this period. This course may be counted toward the Theatre major, minor or track.
ENLT 348 Colonial and Postcolonial Fictionplus or minus
3 cr. (Area G, CL, D, W, Theory Intensive)
Through detailed study of such authors as Achebe, Conrad, Forster, Kincaid, Kipling Naipaul, Orwell, and Rushdie, this course explores the myths and meanings of 19th- and 20th-century European colonialism in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.