East Stroudsburg University


Jeffrey Hotz
Assistant Professor of English
Office: Stroud Hall 309 (Office N)
Office Phone #:  570-422-3315
E-mail:  jhotz@po-box.esu.edu

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Brief Bio

Jeffrey Hotz specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature. He has scholarly interests in the major canonical works from the period as well as neglected or understudied works. His book Divergent Visions, Contested Spaces (2006) offers a multicultural study of representations of travel in the United States, in both fiction and non-fiction, covering a seventy-year period of early U.S. history, from 1783 – 1853. He is currently working on an edited collection of essays on major American writers’ final works from the mid-nineteenth century to the early-twentieth century.
B.A. Georgetown University
M.A. Georgetown University
Ph.D. The George Washington University Primary Areas of Interests:
Colonial American Literature/Literature of the Early US
African American Literature
Travel Writing
Native American Literature

ESU Literary Magazine

Visit Viewpoints: An Online Journal of Undergraduate Literary Studies at East Stroudsburg University

Courses for Fall Semester 2010

English 103: Composition

English 103: Composition

English 264: American Literature I

English 562: Topics in American Literature

Publications and Current Projects


Divergent Visions, Contested Spaces: The Early United States through the Lens of Travel. New York: Routledge, 2006. (Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory Series, with general editor William F. Cain).

“Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Civil War During His Twilight Years: Deep Psychology and Cultural Complexity in the Unfinished Septimius Felton.” The CEA Critic: An Official Journal of the College English Association. 72.2 (Winter 2009): 51 - 75. [Co-authored with Dr. Allan Benn, Professor of English, East Stroudsburg University]

“Writing Origins, Writing History: Personal Voice and Nation in David Cusick’s Sketches of the Ancient History of the Six Nations (1827).” EAPSU-Online: A Journal of Critical and Creative Work 6.1 (Fall 2009): 1 - 25.

“Imagining a New West, a Midwest, in Caroline Kirkland’s A New Home: Who’ll Follow?Midwestern Miscellany (accepted for forthcoming winter 2009 special edition: “The Midwest as Seen By Non-Midwestern Writers”).

“Out of Bounds, in Reverse: Melville’s Redburn and the Painful Knowledge of the Atlantic Rim.” EAPSU Online: A Journal of Critical and Creative Work, fall 2008.

Current Projects:

“A Reconstructed Reading of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Limits of the Law: Frederick Douglass’s The Heroic Slave as Both Revision and Expansion.”

“American Writers During Their Twilight Years: ‘Final’ Works from America's First Three Generations of Authors.” Book-length collection of essays under development with Dr. Brian Flota, visiting professor at Oklahoma State University.


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