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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 psychology. After earning his B.A./ M.A. from San Francisco State University, he received his Ph.D. from Duke University, writing his dissertation on William Wordsworth, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the rhetorical tradition. Recent presentations include "Hooked: Peter and Wendy and the Epigenetics of Play." Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities, University of Kent, UK, 2018. "The Lucifer Effect: Hubris in Frankenstein and the Stanford Prison Experiment." International Health Humanities Consortium Conference, Stanford University, USA, 2018. "’What makes things break up like they do?’: Golding’s Lost Boys, or the Fragility of Civilization." 3rd Cambridge Symposium on Cognitive Approaches to Children's Literature, Cambridge, UK, 2017. "Childhood and Creativity: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Juvenile Muse." Society for the Study of Science, Literature, and the Arts. Atlanta, GA, 2016. "Epistemic Vigilance in the Classic Fairy Tale." The International Society for the Study of Empirical Literature (IGEL), Chicago, IL, 2016. "Brave New Yuck! The Disgust Response in Utopian Literature." Cognitive Futures in the Humanities, Helsinki, Finland, 2016. "Adam Smith, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Vicissitudes of ‘Conscience.’" Cognitive Futures in the Humanities, Oxford, UK, 2015. "Replotting the Narrative Self: An Empirically Grounded Psychological Interpretation of ‘Young Goodman Brown.’" The International Society for the Study of Empirical Literature (IGEL), Turin, Italy, 2014. "’Diseases of Astonishment’: Cotton Mather and Narrative Possession." The International Conference on the Study of Narrative, MIT, USA, 2014. Recent Publications include "’The Diseases of Astonishment’: Cotton Mather and Narrative Possession." Narrative Works 6.2 (2017). "Grimm and Grimmer: ’Hansel & Gretel’ and Fairy-Tale Nationalism." Style. 47.4 (2014). His monograph, "New Light on the Haunted Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Early Life and Art," is nearing completion.


Teaching Interests

British and American Romantic Literature. Classic and Contemporary Fairy Tales. Literature of New York City. Popular Song Lyrics. Psychology and Literature.

Research Interests

Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British and American Literature, Philosophy, and Aesthetics. Fairy Tales. Children’s Literature. Utopian Literature. Psychology and Literature.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
ENGL 008L FAIRY TALES: INTO THE WOODS Undergraduate
ENGL 010 (LT) INTRO TO LITERARY STUDY Undergraduate
ENGL 014F (LT) POETRY AND SONG Undergraduate
ENGL 014S (LT) POPULAR SONG LYRICS Undergraduate
ENGL 125 (LT) PSY, COGNITIVE SCI, & LIT Undergraduate
ENGL 291S UTOPIAS & POSSIBLE WORLDS Graduate
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