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English|Department of

Eric Nye

Associate Professor for the Department of English
Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., St. Olaf College
Crane Hall 216


Academic Positions

Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge University, 2012-2013

Distinguished Academic Visitor, Queens' college, Cambridge University, 2012-2013

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming, 1989-
Adjunct Professor, Religious Studies Program, 1998-

Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 1987

Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming, 1983-89

Supervisor, Cambridge Studies Program, 1980-82

Supervisor/Tutor in American Literature, Cambridge University, 1979-82

Teaching Intern in Freshman Humanities, University of Chicago, 1978

Tutor in College Writing Committee, University of Chicago, 1976-79

Graduate Assistant, Philosophical Ideas in Literature, St. Olaf College, Prof. Howard Hong, 1974-75

Published Works

"John Sterling," in New Dictionary of National Biography, ed. Colin Matthew & Brian Harrison (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Reviews, The Romantic Reformation: Religious Politics in English Literature 1789-1824 (1997) by Robert M. Ryan and Romantic Atheism: Poetry and Freethought, 1780-1830 (1999) by Martin Priestman for Eighteenth Century Studies 35:2 (Winter 2002) 323:25.

"John Sterling," for Carlyle Encyclopedia, ed. Mark Cumming (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2002).

"Moncure Daniel Conway," for Carlyle Encyclopedia, ed. Mark Cumming (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2002).

"The British Literary Book Trade, 1700-1820: Effingham Wilson." Dictionary of Literary Biography, ed. James K. Bracken and Joel Silver (Gale Research, Inc., 1995) 152: 284-90.

"Effingham Wilson, the Radical Publisher of the Royal Exchange." Publishing History 36 (1994): 87-102.

"British Romantic Novelists, 1789-1832: John Sterling." Dictionary of Literary Biography, ed. Bradford K. Mudge (Gale Research, Inc., 1992) 116: 343-50.

Review Article, Young Coleridge and the Philosophers of Nature (1989), by Ian Wylie, and Coleridge and The Friend (1988), by Deirdre Coleman. Modern Philology 89 (Nov. 1991): 285-92.

"Coleridge and the Publishers: Twelve New Manuscripts." Modern Philology 87 (Aug. 1989): 51-72.

"Carlyle and John Sterling." Papers of the Carlyle Society (Edinburgh), n.s. 1 (1988): 1-17.

"Five Letters of John Stuart Mill in the Reed Collection." Mill News Letter 23 (Winter 1988): 21-24.

Review of Coleridge and the Concept of Nature (1985), by Raimonda Modiano. Modern Philology 86 (Aug. 1988): 97-100.

"An Edition of John Sterling Uncovers New Carlyle Letters." Carlyle Newsletter 9 (Spring 1988): 43-50.

Review of Cambridge University Library, A History: From the Beginnings to the Copyright Act of Queen Anne (1986), by J. C. T. Oates. Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography, n.s. 13 (1987):

Review of Cambridge University Library, A History: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (1986), by David McKitterick. Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography, n.s. 13 (1987):

Review of Coleridge and the Inspired Word (1985), by Anthony J. Harding. Modern Philology 85 (Nov. 1987): 211-14.

"Big Game on the Editor's Desk: Roosevelt and Bierstadt's Tale of the Hunt." New England Quarterly 60 (Sept. 1987): 454-65.

"Coleridge and the Berkshire Chronicle: A New Manuscript Letter and 'A Tale of Horror'." Philological Quarterly 64 (Fall 1985): 584-92.

"Coleridge to Joseph Hughes: A Newly Identified Letter." The Library (London), 6th ser., 6 (Dec. 1984): 376-80.

"A Portrait of the Sage at Highgate." The Wordsworth Circle 13 (Autumn 1982): 231-33.

Interests & Hobbies

Rare books, church history, classical music, travel, hiking, telecommunications, computers and the humanities, gardening, plumbing.

Teaching Awards

2010 John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award
2010 Top Ten Teachers of the A&S Class of 2010
2006 Extraordinary Merit Award for Teaching
2004-05 Edward Flittie Award 
2000 Fred Slater Teaching Award  
1989-90 Edward Flittie Award

Service and Awards

2009- Faculty Advisor, Jane Austen Society  
2008-2011 Director of English Honors Program
2008-2011 University Academic Info. Technology Committee
2007-2013 University Honorary Degree Committee  
2007-2010 University Studies Program Committee
2007 A&S Student Council Thumbs Up Award  
2002-2004 Director of English Honors Program
1999 Extraordinary Merit Award for Advising 
1997 Phi Beta Kappa National Award for Distinguished Service
1992-1993 Director of English Honors Program
1985-1989 Founder and Director of English Honors Program


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Research Interests:

Writing the life and collecting the letters of John Sterling (1806-1844), protege of Coleridge, leader of the Cambridge Apostles, poet, novelist, tragedian, subject of Thomas Carlyle's biography, friend of Mill, Emerson, Tennyson, Julius Charles Hare.

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