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About Jesse G. Swan

Professor Swan encourages any student to study with him who is interested in any aspect of Renaissance/early modern English literature and culture, bibliography and textual studies, constructionist or constructivist critiques of race, gender, sexuality and the self, cross-cultural English literature, biography, postmodern literature and criticism, and/or most any ironic literature.

Professor Swan was elected several years ago to the International Association of University Professors of English, and he is a lifetime member of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and the Milton Society of America. In addition, Professor Swan is a longtime member of the Modern Language Association of America, the Shakespeare Association of America, the Renaissance English Text Society, and the American Association of University Professors, among other scholarly and academic organizations. He has been and / or is a current reader at several major research libraries in the US and Great Britain, including the Houghton Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Newberry Library, the Huntington Library, the Bodleian Library, the Cambridge University Library, the British Library, and the National Archives (UK). Among his awards include two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships for summer study in the English Reformation and in early modern English literature and culture, and the Allen D. Breck Award from the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association. Among his publications include the Festschrift for his mentor in textual studies, editing and biography, Editing Lives: Essays in Contemporary Textual and Biographical Studies in Honor of O M Brack, Jr. (published by Bucknell University Press).


Present Professor, Languages and Literatures, University of Northern Iowa Department of Languages and Literatures

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  • Shakespeare
  • Survey of English Literature to Early Modernity
  • Milton

Contact Information

University of Northern Iowa
Bartlett Hall 2008
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0502

Office: BAR 2008
Phone: (319) 273-2089