Dr. Jesse G. Swan

Position: 
Professor
Phone: 
(319) 273-2089
Office: 
1034 Bartlett Hall
Education: 
  • Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • M.A., Arizona State University
  • B.A., University of Texas-San Antonio  
Research: 
Areas of Specialty:Renaissance / Early Modern English Literature and CultureWomen Writers—Especially Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland—John MiltonBibliographical and Textual StudiesThe State of the AcademyEnglish Reformation CulturePostmodern Literary Studies
Professor Swan encourages any student to study with him who is interested in any aspect of Renaissance/early modern English literature and culture, bibliography and textual studies, constructionist or constructivist critiques of race, gender, sexuality and the self, cross-cultural English literature, biography, postmodern literature and criticism, and/or most any ironic literature. Professor Swan was elected several years ago to the International Association of University Professors of English, and he is a lifetime member of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and the Milton Society of America. In addition, Professor Swan is a longtime member of the Modern Language Association of America, the Shakespeare Association of America, the Renaissance English Text Society, and the American Association of University Professors, among other scholarly and academic organizations. He has been and / or is a current reader at several major research libraries in the US and Great Britain, including the Houghton Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Newberry Library, the Huntington Library, the Bodleian Library, the Cambridge University Library, the British Library, and the National Archives (UK). Among his awards include two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships for summer study in the English Reformation and in early modern English literature and culture, and the Allen D. Breck Award from the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association. His most recent publication is the Festschrift for his mentor in textual studies, editing and biography, Editing Lives: Essays in Contemporary Textual and Biographical Studies in Honor of O M Brack, Jr. (published by Bucknell University Press).