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Rick Incorvati, Ph.D.

Incorvati Professor of English
(937) 327-7063
Hollenbeck Hall 116


Dr. Incorvati's liberal arts education at John Carroll University led to a life-long love of philosophy, ideas, and the written word. After graduating, he moved to Cape Cod where he worked in food service, toured on his bike, and read Moby Dick. That experience led him to pursue graduate study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a program that deepened his appreciation of British Romantic literature and nurtured a faith that literature can influence the world around us. In 2002, Dr. Incorvati joined Wittenberg's English Department and began teaching courses in British Romanticism, gender-queer literature, and social advocacy writing. He has edited two novels (Manthorn and Alwyn, the Gentleman Comedian), both by playwright and social reformer Thomas Holcroft, and his article on Holcroft and rhetoric appears in Reviewing Thomas Holcroft.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Barbara Klass Sokol Progressive Activism Award
  • The Lillian Franklin Diversity Award
  • The Lou Laux Environmental Sustainability Award

Courses Taught

  • Anarchy for the UK: British Romanticism
  • Flames of Fierce Desire: Rethinking Passion in Britain's Romantic Era
  • John Keats: Beauty, Love, and Lyric
  • Writing for Social Change
  • Justifying the Ways of God to Man: British Literary Genealogies
  • Literary Form and Interpretation
  • Gender Trouble: A Survey of Gender Queer Literature
  • Demons, Devils, and Hellfire: Literary Travels in the Underworld
  • Intersectional Identities: Making Connections in College Writing


  • Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.S.B.A., Marketing, John Carroll University

Research Interests

  • British Romanticism
  • Thomas Holcroft
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Sympathy and sensibility

Professional Activites and Social Justice Commitments

  • Midwest Conference on British Studies
  • Keats-Shelley Association
  • Equality Springfield, a local LGBT advocacy organization
  • Equality Ohio, a state-level LGBT advocacy organization
  • Youth First Springfield, an LGBT youth group
  • Welcome Springfield, an immigrant advocacy organization

Selected Publications

  • "Developmental Stages: Thomas Holcroft's Early Fiction, Elocutionary Rhetoric, and the Function of the Theater in the Progress of Character," an article in Re-Viewing Thomas Holcroft, 1745-1809: Essays on His Works and Life, Ashgate, 2012.

  • Manthorn, or the Enthusiast and Alwyn, or the Gentleman Comedian, volume 1 of The Collected Works of Thomas Holcroft, a scholarly edition published by Pickering and Chatto Publishers, 2007.

  • "Darsie Lattimer's 'Little Solidity,' or the Case for Homosexuality in Scott's Redgauntlet," an article in Romanticism on the Net 36, 2005.

  • "The Poetry of Friendship: Connecting the Histories of Women and Lesbian Sexuality in the Undergraduate Classroom," an article in Teaching British Women Writers, 1750-1900, Peter Lang Publishers, 2005.

  • "Women's Friendships and Lesbian Sexuality," guest editing and introduction for a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Contexts 23.2, 2002; includes contributions by Stuart Curran, Martha Vicinus, and Bonnie Zimmerman.

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