David Hogsette

Professor of English and Writing, Program Director
All FacultyEnglishWriting Program

Contact Information
Phone: 724-458-2056
Email: dshogsette@gcc.edu

David Hogsette


  • Ph.D. The Ohio State University 
  • M.A. The Ohio State University 
  • B.A. The Ohio State University


  • C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Society
  • Conference on Christianity and Literature
  • Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • International Conference on Romanticism
  • International Gothic Association

Areas of Expertise

  • Romanticism
  • Gothic Literature
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Composition
  • Technical and Professional Writing 

Courses Taught

  • Romantic Literature 
  • Gothic Literature
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy Literature
  • Civilization and Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Technical and Professional Print Production 
  • Foundations of Academic Discourse 

Selected Publications


  • E-mails to a Young Seeker: Exchanges in Mere Christianity. Wipf and Stock, 2011.
  • Writing That Makes Sense: Critical Thinking in College Composition. Resource Publications/Wipf and Stock, 2009.

Academic Articles & Book Chapters 

  • “‘Swimming Against the Stream’: Rush’s Romantic Critique of Their Modern Age.” A book chapter in Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2, edited by Dr. James Rovira, Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.
  • “The Way of the Fantasist: Ethical Complexities in the Taoist Mythopoeic Fantasy of Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea.” A book chapter in Teens and the New Religious Landscape: Essays on Contemporary Young Adult Fiction, edited by Dr. Jacob Stratman, McFarland & Company, 2018.
  • “Metaphysical Intersections in Frankenstein: Mary Shelley’s Theistic Investigation of Scientific Materialism and Transgressive Autonomy.” Christianity and Literature 60.4 (2011): 531-59.
  • “Controlling Women’s Voices in The Handmaid’s Tale.” Social Issues in Literature: Women’s Issues in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid Tale. Ed. David E. Nelson. Detroit: Gale, 2011. 98-112.
  • “Textual Surveillance, Social Codes, and Sublime Voices: The Tyranny of Narrative in Caleb Williams and Wieland.” Romanticism on the Net 38-39 (May-August 2005).
  • “The Apparent Irrelevance of Literary Studies: Can Theocentric Criticism and Practice Provide Solutions?” Integrite: A Faith and Learning Journal 4.1 (2005): 42-53.
  • “Coleridge as Victorian Heirloom: Nostalgic Rhetoric in the Early Victorian Reviews of Poetical Works.” Studies in Romanticism 37 (Spring 1998): 63-75.
  • “Eclipsed by the Pleasure Dome: Poetic Failure in Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan.’“ Romanticism on the Net 5 (February 1997).


  • “Running with the Devil on the Highway to Heaven: A Review of Mark Joseph’s Rock Gets Religion.” National Review Online (June 2018).
  • A Solicited Review of “Richard Woodhouse’s Cause Book: The Opium-Eater, the Magazine Wars, and the London Literary Scene in 1821.” By Robert Morrison. Harvard Library Bulletin 9.3 (1998). Romanticism on the Net 21 (February 2001).
  • A Solicited Review of Bacchus in Romantic England: Writers and Drink, 1780-1830. By Anya Taylor. Studies in Romanticism 39.4 (Winter 2000): 651-55.
  • A Solicited Review of Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Romantic Autobiography: Reading Strategies of Self-Representation. By Sheila M. Kerns. Prose Studies 21 (April 1998): 129-32.
Other Media 
  • “The Enduring Cautionary Relevance of Frankenstein.” Crisis Magazine, January 1, 2018.
  • “The Ironies of War and Armistice: Reflections from the Demilitarized Zone.” Center for Vision and Values, July 13, 2017.
Selected Research
  • “Being So Open Minded That Your Brain Falls Out: The Challenge of Good Critical Thinking in the Age of Tolerance” and “Don’t Waste That Awesome Resume on a Cheesy Cover Letter: Writing Job Letters That Count.” Two solicited lectures for the Network of Enlightened Women, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, July 2018.
  • “Exploring Classical Thought and Culture in the East and the West: Teaching Hamlet and The Banquet in the Civilization and Literature Humanities Core.” Association for Core Texts and Courses International Conference, Concordia University, Irvine, CA, July 2018.
  • “That Hideous Progeny: Frankenstein and Mary Shelley’s Conversations with Science, Domesticity, and Romanticism.” A solicited keynote address for the South Eastern Conference on Christianity and Literature, Union University, Jackson, TN, April 2018.
  • “Mythopoeic Responses to the Great War: Escape, Recovery, and Consolation in the Postwar Fantasy of Lord Dunsany, J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis.” Center for Vision and Values Conference, Grove City College, Grove City, PA, April 2018.
  • “Escape, Grace, and the Logic of Belief: The Enduring Relevance of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” A solicited public lecture as a visiting professor to the Independent Reformed Theological Academy, Seoul, South Korea, July 2017.
  • “The Shattered Visage of Socialism in Dystopian Science Fiction: Materialistic Dehumanization in Brave New World and A Clockwork Orange.” Center for Vision and Values Conference, Grove City College, Grove City, PA, April 2017.
  • “Loving the Exiled Vampire: The Limits of Eros and the Liberating Power of Virginal Masculine Agape in Angela Carter’s “The Lady in the House of Love.” Conference on Christianity and Literature, East Region, Grove City College, Grove City, PA, March 2017.
  • “Myth and Metafiction in George MacDonald’s Phantastes: Mythopoeic Reading as Spiritual Sanctification.” Annual Conference of the C. S. Lewis and Inklings Society, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR, March 2016.
  • “The Centrality of the Tom Bombadil Episode in The Fellowship of the Ring: Lessons in Friendship, Community, and Grace.” Annual Conference of the C. S. Lewis and Inklings Society, Grove City, PA, March 2015.
  • “Romanticism in Victorian Mythopoeic Fantasy: The Relationship between Coleridge’s Cognitive Theory and George MacDonald’s Redemptive Imagination.” International Conference on Romanticism, Rochester, MI, September 2013.
  • “Using Safari Live Web-conferencing Technology in Technical Writing Courses: Can Nonhuman Software Rehumanize Online Learning Spaces?” Society for Literature, Sciences, and the Arts Conference, Milwaukee, WI, September 2012.
  • “Engaging Popular Culture through Biblical Theology: A Theocentric Reading of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.” A solicited lecture as a visiting professor to the Independent Reformed Theological Academy, Seoul, South Korea, July 2012.
  • “Representations of Science in Gothic Literature.” A solicited lecture as a visiting professor to Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing, China. May 2008.
  • “Exploring Transhumanism: Rediscovering the Human in Cyberpunk Science Fiction.” A solicited lecture as visiting professor to Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing, China. March 2008.
  • “Decoding Transhumanism: Human Revaluation in Neuromancer and The Diamond Age.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference, Portland, Maine. November 2007.
  • “Fantasy and the Mythopoeic Voice of Reason: Exploring the Ethics of Elfland in a Secular Technical University.” National Faculty Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C. June 2006.
  • “John Keats and the Materialist’s Metaphysical Struggle with Suffering.” International Conference on Romanticism, Colorado Springs, Colorado. October 2005.
  • “Van Helsing and the Ironic Struggle for Knowledge in Dracula: Defying Scientific Naturalism to Preserve Victorian Positivism.” International Gothic Association Conference, Montreal, Canada. August 2005.
  • “Jacking Out and Engaging the WetNet: Rebirthing the Human in Posthuman Cyberpunk Literature.” Central New York Conference on Language and Literature, Cortland, New York. October 2004.

Professional Experience

  • Professor of English and Writing Program Director, Grove City College, 2014-present
  • Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of English, New York Institute of Technology, 1996-2014
  • Writing Coordinator, NYiT, 1996-2014


  • Karate
  • Swimming
  • Electric guitar
  • Traveling

You might be surprised to know...
I have been training in various martial arts styles for over 25 years and have a formal relationship with a Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu dojo in Okinawa, Japan. I offer a PHYE karate and self-defense class at the College, open to all students. Moreover, I have ministry experience in China, serving orphans in Kunming, and volunteer teaching at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology in Yanji. 


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