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Melissa Schoenberger


English Department
Assistant Professor 
Ph.D., Boston University

Fields: Restoration and 18th Century British Literature; Poetry; Translation

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Office Phone: 508-793-3521
Office: Fenwick 222
PO Box: 47A
Office Hours: On leave Fall 2018


My teaching and research are guided by two central interests: the culture of translation, imitation, and rewriting that flourished in England during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; and the shifting significances of literary forms over time. I have recently completed my first book, titled Cultivating Peace: The Virgilian Georgic in English, 1650–1750, published by Bucknell University Press (the history of which was recently recounted here). In the book, I propose that several poets working in the decades following the English Civil Wars drew from the Roman poet Virgil a language for articulating the difficulties of forging and sustaining peace. I have also published essays and reviews in Restoration, Translation and Literature, Gale Researcher, Eighteenth Century Studies, Romanticism, and Studies in Romanticism. Currently, I am in the early stages of research and writing for a new book project on long poems by John Armstrong, William Cowper, Anna Seward, Christopher Smart, and Edward Young.

I frequently teach Poetry and Poetics, Touchstones I: Early British Literature, Eighteenth- Century Poetry, and Milton, and have also taught for Environmental Studies. I am always interested in advising senior theses and capstones, as well as in supporting student research associateships and summer research projects. I also coordinate a research conversation group for early-career faculty called “Early Work.” We generally meet on Monday afternoons in the Dinand Faculty Lounge; contact me at any time for more information.