Scott A Nowka

Scott A Nowka

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: SB-209A
Phone: 978-542-7183
Resume: Scott A Nowka [DOC 35KB]

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1289 01 IDS600H Honors Seminar I
2380 03 IDS600H Honors Seminar I
2781 01 ENL235 Studies in Literature
3596 02 ENL110H Freshman Honors Writing

Professional Biography

I earned my master's degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, writing my thesis on the relationship between seventeenth-century scientific writing and the prose style and narrative of Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders.I then earned a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, continuing to study the  relationship between literature and science. My dissertation, "Character Matters: Enlightenment Materialism and the Novel," considers how controversial scientific ideas shaped literary characters in the long eighteenth century, from canonical works like Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to lesser-known works like Charles Johnstone's Chrysal, or the Adventures of a Guinea and Mary Hays's Memoirs of Emma Courtney.

For more information, see my website.

Professional Interests

Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Digital Humanities


Chapter Sponsor, English Society and Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society

Assistant Coordinator for Programming, Commonwealth Honors Program

Selected Publications

“Object Narratives.” Entry for the The Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660-1789. Ed. Gary Day and Jack Lynch. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. Forthcoming.

Review of Defoe’s Footprints: Essays in Honor of Maximillian E. Novak, ed. Robert M. Maniquis and Carl Fisher. Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe and His Contemporaries. 3.1 (2011). Web.

“Building the Wall: Crusoe and the Other.” Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe and His Contemporaries. 2.1 (2010). Web.

Selected Presentations

“Using Institutional Data to Redesign Whole Courses: The Incorporation of Interteaching in World Literature.” New England Educational Assessment Network Fall Forum, Worcester, MA November 2014.

“Charles Gildon’s Transformations: Deism, Materialism, and the Early Novel in England” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Williamsburg, VA, March 2014.

“David Hartley’s Observations on Man and the Posthuman.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, San Antonio, TX, March 2012.