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Dr. John Getz

Dr. John Getz

Professor Emeritus, English Department

Professor Emeritus, English Graduate Program

ML 4446
243 Hinkle Hall

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, Humor and Wellness


After more than forty years as the Department’s specialist in nineteenth-century American literature, John Getz retired from fulltime teaching in December, 2014.  Since then, he has continued to teach one of his favorite courses, Literature and Moral Imagination, for the Ethics/Religion & Society Focus (http://www.xu.edu/ers) in the University core. This course reflects his longstanding interest in interdisciplinary work. In the 1980s, John helped develop Xavier’s Peace Studies Minor and served as the first Chair of the Peace Studies Committee that oversees the program.  His past research includes articles on Edith Wharton and Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Sherwood Anderson, Ursula Le Guin, and Leslie Marmon Silko.  In retirement John continues his research on the intersections of literature and peace studies and, with his wife Jo Anne, presents papers and leads workshops on humor as a tool for coping with cancer. He also volunteers as a learning coach at WordPlay in Northside and as a docent at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House near Xavier. Of course, he and Jo Anne enjoy spending time with their twelve grandchildren.  

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