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Contact Information
Title: Professor of English

135 Vairo Library

Phone: 610-892-1465
E-mail: pjd15@psu.edu

Paul J. deGategno received his B.A. in English from Norwich University (Northfield, VT), M.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island, and his Ph.D. in English from Penn State University. Dr. deGategno’s research focuses on eighteenth-century British literature, with special emphasis on the Scottish Enlightenment.  His books and journal articles reflect interests in the historical, cultural, and literary milieu in which writers as diverse as Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, James Macpherson, Walter Scott, Ann Radcliffe, and Thomas Jefferson have lived and worked.

An avid bird-watcher, Dr. deGategno has taken students on trips to National Wildlife Refuges and birding sites in North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania to explore both the flora and fauna of the regions where both common and endangered bird species can be found. He often combines his birding with another passion, kayaking, affording him often rare opportunities for exploring wilderness areas.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Critical Companion to Jonathan Swift: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. New York: Facts on File Inc., 2006 (with R. Jay Stubblefield).

“Samuel Freeman.” The New Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005.

Ivanhoe: The Mask of Chivalry. New York: Macmillan/Twayne, 1994. CD-ROM: 1998.

“The Source of Daily and Exalted Pleasure: Jefferson Reads the Poems of Ossian.” Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 305 (1993).

“The Sublime Savage in America: James ‘Ossian’ Macpherson’s Tour of Duty, West Florida, 1764-1765.” Scotia: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Scottish Studies (1993).

James Macpherson. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1989.