College Of Humanities and Fine Arts

John Traver

British Literature; Comic Studies

My research has appeared in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Studies in English Literature, and The Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660-1789. My research interests include eighteenth-century British literature, theories of narrative form and the sequel, religion and literature, and graphic narrative. Classes I teach regularly include “The Long Eighteenth Century,” “Bible, Literature and Culture,” “Comics and Graphic Novels,” “Classical Literature,” and “The Development of British Drama.” I enjoy performing dramatic recitations of long poems, such as Service’s “The Cremation of Sam McGee” and McGonagall’s “The Tay Bridge Disaster,” and I try to conclude every class session with some kind of pun. My hobbies include reading comic books, playing board games, and playing the tin whistle while listening to Celtic punk music.

Portrait of John Traver