John Sitter


Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature 

Specialty: Eighteenth-Century Literature and contemporary ecological literature and ecocriticism

BA, Harvard University; PhD, University of Minnesota

John Sitter specializes in eighteenth-century literature and contemporary ecological literature and theory, teaches poetry, satire, and fiction from the Renaissance to the present, and team teaches in the undergraduate Minor in Sustainability. He is author of The Poetry of Pope's "Dunciad,” Literary Loneliness in Mid-Eighteenth-Century England, which won the Louis Gottschalk Prize awarded by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Arguments of Augustan Wit, and The Cambridge Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Poetry, which was named an Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 by Choice magazine. He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry and two volumes of The Dictionary of Literary Biography. Other recent work includes a chapter on poetry from 1740 to 1790 for the revised Cambridge History of English Literature, a chapter on the "poetry of melancholy" for the Blackwell Companion to British Literature, and articles on Samuel Johnson, climate change, and academic responsibility. He received the 2014 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award given by the College of Arts & Letters.



Selected Publications

  • "Academic Responsibility and the Climate of Posterity," Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 2014.
  • The Cambridge Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Poetry (Fall, 2011)
  • "Eighteenth-Century Ecological Poetry and Ecotheology," Religion and Literature, 40.1 (Spring, 2008)
  • "Pope’s Versification and Voice," in The Cambridge Companion to Alexander Pope, ed. Pat Rogers, Cambridge University Press, 2007, pp. 37-48.
  • Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Arguments of Augustan Wit. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
  • Editor, Eighteenth-Century British Poets. 2 vols. Detroit: Gale Research, 1990-91.
  • Literary Loneliness in Mid-Eighteenth-Century England. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1982.
  • The Poetry of Pope’s “Dunciad.” Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1971.


Contact Information
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(574) 631-7185

Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556