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Melissa Schoenberger

Associate Professor of English, College of the Holy Cross

My teaching and research are guided by two central interests: the culture of translation, imitation, and rewriting that flourished in England during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; and the shifting significances of literary forms over time. I have recently completed my first book, titled Cultivating Peace: The Virgilian Georgic in English, 1650–1750, published by Bucknell University Press. In the book, I propose that several poets working in the decades following the English Civil Wars drew from the Roman poet Virgil a language for articulating the difficulties of forging and sustaining peace. I have also published essays and reviews in Restoration, Translation and Literature, Philological Quarterly, Gale Researcher, Eighteenth Century Studies, Romanticism, and Studies in Romanticism. Currently, I am working on a book project on long poems by Alexander Pope, John Armstrong, Christopher Smart, and William Cowper.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of English , College of the Holy Cross