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Ronan, John T.

Ronan, John T.

Associate Professor
Old Main 396
  • Degrees
    PhD in Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
    BA in English and Italian, University of California, Berkeley
  • Course Regularly Taught
    CMP 100: Effective Composition
    CMP 200: Research and Composition
    ENG 105: Experiences in American Literature
    ENG 126: Sports in Literature
    ENG 171: Friendship in Western Cultural Texts
    ENG 235: The American Autobiography
    ENG 350: The Times of Melville and Whitman
    ENG 379: Literary Theory
    ENG 548: Early American Literature
    ENG 550: American Romanticism
    ENG 575: Seminar in Literary Criticism
  • Biography
    John Ronan teaches American literature, Literary Theory, Sports Literature, and Composition. He has been a member of the English Department at Kutztown University since 2009.

    He has published a number of articles on antebellum American authors, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Herman Melville, in venues including The New England Quarterly, Leviathan, The Concord Saunterer, Nineteenth-Century Prose, Resources for American Literary Study, and the edited collection, Emerson For the Twenty-First Century. His article on Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" was published in the Norton Critical Edition of The Scarlet Letter. He has also published translations of essays by Adriana Cavarero and Jean-François Lyotard in Political Theory and Qui Parle.

    He has presented many papers at conferences both in the US and abroad, including the annual meetings of the Modern Language Association, the American Studies Association, the British Association for American Studies, the French Association for American Studies, the American Comparative Literature Association, the American Literature Association, and the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

    At Kutztown University, he has served as Vice President of the University Senate, Chair of the Committee on Committees, Chair of the Honorary Doctorate Committee, and Secretary of the General Education Committee. He is currently a member of the KU Commission on the Status of Women and is Co-Advisor to the English Club/Sigma Tau Delta. He was advisor to the KU Medieval-Renaissance Club. He has also served on the Executive Board of English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities.
  • Research Interests
    American Literature and Culture before the Civil War
    Religion in America before the Civil War
    American Sports Literature