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Department of English Language and Literature


Steven Lynn

Title: Dean, Louise Fry Scudder Professor
South Carolina Honors College
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-2128
Office: DeSaussure College 227
Resources: English Language and Literature
Steven Lynn


PhD, University of Texas, 1981
MA, University of South Carolina, 1976
BA, University of South Carolina, 1974 (Biology Cognate, SC Honors College, Carolina Scholar)

Areas of Specialization 

    Eighteenth-Century Literature (especially Samuel Johnson)
    Science Fiction (especially nanotechnology and bioethics)
    Rhetoric and Composition (especially writing about literature)

Current Research Projects 

    It's Alive?!: Science Fiction and Bioethics
    Johnson's Body

Selected Publications 

    Writing South Carolina: Selections from the Frist High School Writing Contest.  Foreword by Pat Conroy, with Aida Rogers.  U of South Carolina Press, 2015.
    Texts and Contexts, 7th edition.  New York: Longman, 2016 (forthcoming).
    The Cambridge Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition.  Cambridge UP, 2010.
    Literature: Reading and Writing with Critical Strategies.  New York: Longman, 2012.
    A Short Guide to Writing.  New York: Prentice Hall, 1996.
    Samuel Johnson after Deconstruction.  Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1992.
    "The Eighteenth Century" (review essay of General and Prose scholarship) in The Year's Work in Eighteenth-Century.  Oxford: Oxford UP. 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000.
    "Johnson's Critical Reception” in The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson, edited by Greg Clingham.  Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1997.  Pp. 240-52.
    Essays in Eighteenth-Century Studies, College English, Age of Johnson, and other places.

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