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Scott B. Harshbarger

Associate Professor of English


Degrees

PHD, 1991, Duke Univ; MA, 1986, San Francisco State Univ; BA, 1983, San Francisco State Univ


Bio

Scott Harshbarger, Associate Professor of English, teaches courses in British Romantic literature, American Literature, classic and modern fairy tales, pedagogical theories of English grammar, and the many points of contact between literature and contemporary psychology, in particular the narrative self. After earning is B.A./ M.A. at San Francisco State University, he received his Ph.D. at Duke University, writing his dissertation on William Wordsworth, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the oral dimension of the rhetorical tradition. He has published on Hawthorne, Wordsworth, biblical rhetoric, grammar pedagogy, literary nationalism, and “Hansel and Gretel." In a paper delivered at MIT, spring 2014, he explored how narratives of demonic possession helped to induce cases of possession in Salem prior to the witch-panic. In a paper delivered in Turin, Italy, summer 2014, he presented an interpretation of Hawthorne’s early work based on current psychological theories which link identity formation with particular narrative types.


Teaching Interests

British Romantic Literature; Fairy Tales

Research Interests

British Romantic Literature; Fairy Tales; Evolutionary Psychology

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
ENGL 010 (LT) INTRO TO LITERARY STUDY Undergraduate
ENGL 014S (LT) POPULAR SONG LYRICS Undergraduate
ENGL 114 FAIRY TALES IN ENGL & AMER LIT Undergraduate
ENGL 198B LYRICS AND LITERATURE Undergraduate
ENGL 198W (LT) CHILDREN'S & YA LIT Undergraduate
ENGL 199 HONORS ESSAY Undergraduate
ENGL 291S UTOPIAS & POSSIBLE WORLDS Graduate
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