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English|Department of

Eric Nye

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

Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming, 2015-

Faculty Associate, Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, 2015-

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

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

Adjunct Professor, Religious Studies Program/Department, 1998-

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Wyoming, 1989-2015

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 V. Hong, 1974-75

Selected Publications

John Kemble’s Gibraltar Journal: The Spanish Expedition of the Cambridge Apostles, 1830-1831 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).  ISBN 9781137384461.

“Absent Signifiers in Jane Austen: Toward an Archaeology of Morals,” Eighteenth-Century Life 35:3 (Fall 2011), pp. 81-88.

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

"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.

"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.

Memberships in professional societies

The Grolier Club (New York, elected 2007), Modern Language Association (Life Member, elected to Delegate Assembly, 1990-93), Association for Literary Scholars and Critics (Life), The Bibliographical Society (UK, Life), Guild of Book Workers, Jane Austen Society of North America (Life), Coleridge Society (UK, Life), Friends of Dove Cottage (UK, Life), Charles Lamb Society (UK), Carlyle Society (UK, Life), The Tennyson Society (UK, Life), Friends of the Cambridge University Library (UK, Life), Cambridge Bibliographical Society, Cambridge Union Society (UK, Life), American Trust for the British Library (UK), Royal Oak Foundation (National Trust), Queens' College Club (UK), Wyoming State Historical Society (Life), General Society of Mayflower Descendants (Life).

Office in professional societies

Nominated as Senator for the Western District of the United States, Phi Beta Kappa, 2015

Liaison between the Bibliographical Society (London) and the Society for the History of Authorship, Readership, and Publishing (SHARP), 2012-

Chair, International Essay Contest, Jane Austen Society of North America, 2011-15

Regional Coordinator for Wyoming, Jane Austen Society of North America, 2010-

Chair of Board, Wyoming Center for the Book, a state-based affiliate of the Library of Congress, 2006-08

Honorary Treasurer for North America, The Bibliographical Society (London), 2002-

Interests & Hobbies

Rare books, church history, choral and 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

Major Service and Other Awards

2014- Director of English Honors Program

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

Special service to the state and nation (recent):

Representing University of Wyoming and WIHR at National Humanities Alliance Advocacy Days, Washington, DC, 16-17 March 2015

U. S. Commission on Civil Rights, State Advisory Committee, appointed 2010-2012, renewed 2012-2014, 2015-

Laramie Civic Chorale Chamber Choir (auditioned), 2014-15

Trinity Lutheran Church, Laramie: Organ Search Committee, 2010-12; Council Member, 2012-14; Chair of Worship & Music Committee, Choir member, Call Committee, 2013-14

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Research Interests:

Writing the life and collecting the letters of John Sterling (1806-1844), protégé 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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