Department of English

Rick Swartz

Associate Professor of English
Rick Swartz

Office Location

422 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2018

T/TH 12:00-1:00 pm, W 3:30-4:00 pm & by appointment



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., English Literature, University of San Diego, 1986
  • B.A., Philosophy and English, University of Washington, St. Louis, 1976


Richard Swartz, Associate Professor of English, has been a member of the USM faculty since 1991, having previously been at LSU. He earned his PhD in Literature from the University of California at San Diego in 1986, with a specialization in British Romantic literature and discourse. In addition to regular lower-division courses including English 100 (College Writing), 140 (Reading Literature), 245 (Introduction to Literary Studies), he teaches a regular rotation of upper-division courses on Literacy Studies, Romantic Writing, Victorian Gothic, Ghost Stories, Theories of the Uncanny, and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction. He has published on Romantic travel writing, Romantic autobiography, the history of copyright law, and the concept of the uncanny.

Research Interests

Romantic literature and culture, critical theory, and cultural studies