Seth Rudy

Associate Professor of English
(901) 843-3135

Seth Rudy teaches courses on the literature of eighteenth-century Britain. He joined the faculty of Rhodes College in August 2010 after having completed his doctorate from New York University as a MacCracken Fellowship holder and winner of the Halsband Fellowship for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Though interested primarily in the poetry and prose of the eighteenth century, he has also published and presented research on authors such as Francis Bacon, John Milton, and Charles Dickens. His current research on Enlightenment concepts of completeness explores how the numerous attempts made during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to provide readers with some version of “complete” knowledge advanced the generic and disciplinary divisions that continue to exist within the sciences and the humanities. Vita (pdf)



Literature and Encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Print.















Articles/Book Chapters

“Gaming the Golden Age of Piracy.” Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries 7.1 (Fall 2015): 34-65. 

“Stories of Everything: Epics, Encyclopedias, and Concepts of ‘Complete’ Knowledge 1667 – 1729.” The Eighteenth Century 55.4 (Winter 2014): 411-30.

"Knowledge and the Systematic Reader: the Past and Present of Encyclopedic Reading."  Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research 6.26 (2014): 505-26.

"Pope, Swift, and the Poetics of Posterity." Eighteenth-Century Life 35.3 (Fall 2011): 1-28.

"Stage Presence: Performance and Theatricality in Dickens′s Our Mutual Friend." Dickens Studies Annual 37 (2006): 65-80.


2010  Ph.D.  English, New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
2005  M.A.   English, New York University, Graduate School or Arts and Sciences
2001  B.F.A. Film and Television, with honors; New York University, Tisch School of the Arts