Associate Professor of English
551 Denney Hall
Areas of Expertise
- Twentieth-century British and American literature
- Film studies
- Digital media studies
- PhD, Yale University, 2011
- BA, Yale University, 2003
Jesse Schotter is associate professor of English and a faculty member in the Film Studies Program. He specializes in modernist literature and culture, film theory and media histories of the twentieth century. His book Hieroglyphic Modernisms: Writing and New Media in the Twentieth Century (Edinburgh University Press Critical Studies in Modernist Culture Series, 2018) explores how twentieth-century debates about the ancient medium of Egyptian hieroglyphics served to define the relationship between old media like writing and new media like film and phonography. He is currently at work on two projects, one which analyzes the influence of the genre of the travel guide on the modernist novel and the other which examines the relationship between foreground and background space in silent film, film theory and modernist fiction. An article from the former project, "Objects Worthy of Attention: Modernism and the Travel Guide," is forthcoming from Modernism/Modernity. His articles have also been published in Genre, James Joyce Quarterly, and Literature/Film Quarterly.
Schotter teaches classes on modernism and media, silent film, ghosts and trauma, contemporary British fiction, introductory film studies and video games. He is also co-organizing the Modernist Studies Association Conference in Columbus in 2018.
- Hieroglyphic Modernisms: Writing and New Media in the Twentieth Century. Edinburgh University Press Critical Studies in Modernist Culture Series, 2018.
- "'Eye = I': Conrad, Welles, and Narrative Form. Literature/Film Quarterly 41.1 (Feb. 2013): 29-51.
- “‘Verbivocovisuals’: James Joyce and the Problem of Babel.” James Joyce Quarterly 48.1(Spring 2012): 89-109.
- “Adaptation Liberal and Conservative: Benito Cereno and Robert Lowell’s Literary and Racial Politics.” Genre 42 (2009): 61-82.