Faculty & Staff

Dr. John Getz

Dr. John Getz

Professor Emeritus, English Department

Professor Emeritus, English Graduate Program

ML 4446
240 Hinkle Hall

Phone: (513) 745-2887

Fax: (513) 745-3065


  • B.A. (Xavier University)
  • M.A., Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)

First Year at Xavier University:



American Literature (esp. 19th-Century), Literature and Peace Studies, Gothic American Literature, Humor in American Literature


As the department's specialist in nineteenth-century American literature, John Getz teaches courses in American Renaissance (1830-65), American Realism (1865-1915), American Gothic Literature, Humor in American Literature, and American Minority Literature. He also has a longstanding interest in interdisciplinary work. In the 1980s, he helped develop Xavier's Peace Studies Minor. He regularly teaches Literature and the Moral Imagination for the Ethics/Religion & Society Focus in the university core and occasionally offers a course on war and peace in world literature. His research includes articles on Mary Wilkins Freeman, Sherwood Anderson, Ursula Le Guin, and Leslie Marmon Silko. His most recent publication is a study of Edith Wharton's use of Poe as a source for two of her ghost stories. A Xavier undergraduate, Getz earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Xavier for more than forty years. He and his wife Jo Anne enjoy their eleven grandchildren.

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