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  • Victorian Literature
  • Writing
  • Digital Humanities

Paul Schacht

Professor and Chair of


Welles 226
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Prof. Paul Schacht

Paul Schacht has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1985.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • A.B., University of Michigan

Research Interests

My research interests are in Victorian literature and digital humanities. I'm director of Digital Thoreau, an effort in collaboration with the Thoreau Society and the Walden Woods Project to promote scholarly and public engagement with the works of Henry David Thoreau. Visit our website, follow Digital Thoreau on Twitter, or read the story about us in USA Today.

Publications and Professional Activities

  • "In Pursuit of Pickwick's Hat: Dickens and the Epistemology of Utilitarianism," Dickens Studies Annual 40 (2009)
  • "Rowing Alone: Technology and Democracy in the Humanities Classroom," International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society 4 (2008), 61-68.
  • "The Collaborative Writing Project," in Using Wiki in Education, ed. Stewart L. Mader

    Awards and Honors

    • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1997
    • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2007
Spring 2015 Classes

ENGL 340:
Lit & Lit Study in Digital Age

    Digital technology is transforming the way we produce, distribute, and study literature. Under the umbrella term ?digital humanities,? scholars are building electronic archives that put literary texts
    in historical, biographical, geographical, and other contexts; using computational tools to analyze and visualize the form and content of texts; creating new platforms for scholarly communication about texts; and trying to understand the larger cultural impact of the digital revolution. This course undertakes a close examination of all these developments while also introducing students to basic tools for digital communication, preservation, and textual analysis. Prerequisite: ENGL 203 or permission of instructor.
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