Peter Norberg, Ph.D.

Professor, Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Support
Office: Merion Hall 126
Phone: (610) 660-1892


  • B.A., Boston College, 1990
  • M.A., Rice University, 1994
  • Ph.D., Rice University, 1998

Professional Experience

General Associate Editor, Melville’s Marginalia Online
English Department Chairperson, 2012-present
Director, Fellowships Office, 2009-2012
Coeditor, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, 2004-2008


General Fields of Professional Interest
American literature prior to the Civil War with an emphasis on the writings of Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
New England Transcendentalism and its origins in British and German romanticism
The transatlantic literary marketplace
Political theories of democracy

Pedagogical Style
Directed discussion with an emphasis on the political issues and historical forces at work within the text. Active participation and regular attendance are expected.

Courses Taught

  • ENG 1091 Major American Writers
  • ENG 2011 Backgrounds for English Studies
  • ENG 2031 Introduction to Literary Theory
  • ENG 2411 American Romantic and Transcendental Literature
  • ENG 2431 Nineteenth Century American Novel


Selected Publications

Congreve and Akenside: Two Poetic Allusions in Melville's 'Fragments from a Writing Desk,'" Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, 10.3 (October, 2008).

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Writings (New York: Barnes and Nobles Classics, January, 2006).

Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson, (New York: Barnes and Nobles Classics, 2004); reissued in hardback, (New York: Barnes and Noble Classics, 2005).

“Finding an Audience for Clarel in Matthew Arnold’s Essays in Criticism,” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, 6.1 (March 2004).

"On Teaching Bartleby," Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2 (October, 2000).