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Janelle Schwartz '97

Janelle Schwartz '97
Janelle Schwartz '97

General Director of Hamilton Adirondack Program

Janelle A. Schwartz '97 has published articles, essays and blogs on literature and ecology, cabinets of curiosity and pedagogy. Her poetry has been published in The Arkansas Review and in an anthology dedicated to Mary Shelley's The Last Man. Schwartz is the coeditor of Curious Collectors, Collected Curiosities: An Interdisciplinary Study. She is also the author of Worm Work: Recasting Romanticism, which focuses on the intersection of invertebrate zoology during the 18th and 19th centuries with the poetry and prose of Romanticism. Schwartz's next research project involves literary polar landscapes. She received her doctorate in English literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Recent Courses Taught

Truth, Lies, and Literature
Literature and Built Environment
Splitting Personalities
World Adventure Narratives
At the Crossroads of Science and Literature
Introduction to Literary Theory
Forever Wild: The Cultural and Natural Histories of the Adirondack Park
Common Experience Seminar for the Adirondack Program


  • Social Innovation and Transformational Leadership Grant, 2018
  • Levitt Summer Research Group Grant, 2016
  • Mengus Fund Fellowship, 2016
  • Emerson Collaborative Research Grant, 2012, 2015
  • Bobet Research Fellowship, Loyola University New Orleans, 2010
  • Elaine Marks Fellow, The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, 2004
  • Technology in the Humanities Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002

Selected Publications

  • Worm Work: Recasting Romanticism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
  • Schwartz, Janelle A. and Joelle S. Underwood. “At the Edge of the BP Oil Spill: Teaching inside Disaster in New Orleans, LA,” The Arkansas Review, 2011.
  • “Grand Isle—Lines written from 29 °N, 89 °W.” The Arkansas Review, 2011.
  • “The Life and Work of Barbara Kingsolver.” The Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature, Brian Jones, ed., 2011.
  • “Prodigal Summer (Barbara Kingsolver).” The Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature, Brian Jones, ed., 2011.
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  • Schwartz, Janelle A. and Nhora Lucía Serrano, eds. Curious Collectors, Collected Curiosities: An Interdisciplinary Study. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.
  • “Immutability.” The Last Man Anthology: tales of catastrophe, danger, and woe (in honor of Mary Shelley’s The Last Man). Sword & Saga Press, 2010.
  • Schwartz, Janelle A. “Captain Cook’s Cabinet: The Making of an Arctic Imaginary,” in Curious Collectors, Collected Curiosities: An Interdisciplinary Study. Nhora Lucía Serrano and Janelle A. Schwartz, eds. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.
  • Schwartz, Janelle A. and Joelle S. Underwood, curators. “Spilling the Story: An Interactive Exhibit on the Gulf Oil Spill.” Medias Res, online MediaCommons project, 2010.
  • “On David Perkins, Romanticism and Animal Rights; and Christine Kenyon-Jones, Kindred Brutes: Animals in Romantic-Period Writing.” Romantic Circles Reviews, 2008.

College Service

Founder, Adirondack Program
Environmental Studies Committee
Adirondack Program Advisory Committee
Faculty Director, CLASS Fellowship (DHi)

Professional Affiliations

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
Keats-Shelley Association
Northeast Modern Language Association
American Comparative Literature Association
International Conference on Romanticism
Modern Language Association
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
Association for Experiential Education

Appointed to the Faculty: 2011

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Hamilton College

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