Richard Fusco, Ph.D.

Office: Merion 131
Phone: (610) 660-1887


  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1973
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1974
  • M.A., University of Mississippi, 1982
  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1990.

Professional Experience

General Fields of Professional Interest
nineteenth-century American literature
narrative forms of the short story

Pedagogical Style
I attempt to balance lectures, discussion (using Socratic methods), student presentations, and essay assignments to inspire students to become self-reliant defenders of their insights and opinions about a text. In freshmen courses, I stress the benefits of working through multiple drafts to hone an argument. In upper-division classes, I prefer a seminar format that permits students to generate some of the topics treated in classroom discussion. Or, to quote Indiana Jones, "I don't know. I'm just making this up as I go along."

Other Information
Member MLA, AAUP

Courses Taught

  • English 101 (The Craft of Language)
  • English 102 (Texts and Contexts)
  • American literature courses at the 300 and 400 level


Selected Publications
Maupassant and the American Short Story: The Influence of Form at the Turn of the Century (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994)

Fin de millénaire: Poe's Legacy for the Detective Story (Baltimore: Poe Society, 1993)

"Entrapment, Flight and Death: A Recurring Motif in Dickens with Plot and Interpretive Consequences for Edwin Drood," Essays in Arts and Sciences 20 (1991): 68-84

"On Primitivism in The Call of the Wild," American Literary Realism 20 (1987): 76-80