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John F. O'Brien

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of English
Office location and address
202C Bryan Hall
201 Cabell Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1995
M.A. University of Chicago, 1990
B.A. Williams College, 1984
AS-ENGL Extending Image Analysis for Archival Discovery
Source: University Of Nebraska
December 01, 2016 – October 31, 2020
ENGL 3002: History of Literatures in English II
Credits: 3
A two-semester, chronological survey of literatures in English from their beginnings to the present day. Studies the formal and thematic features of different genres in relation to the chief literary, social, and cultural influences upon them. ENGL 3810 covers the period up to 1800; ENGL 3820, the period 1800 to the present. Required of all majors. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu.
ENEC 3110: English Literature of the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century
Credits: 3
Surveys representative writers, themes, and forms of the period 1660-1740. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENRN 3230: Studies in Shakespeare
Credits: 3
Intensive study of selected plays. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGN 3440: London, The Theatrical City
Credits: 3
This course explores the theatrical culture of London. Students will attend plays in a variety of genres and will discuss and write about both the history of London theater and the contemporary theatrical scene.
ENEC 3500: Eighteenth-Century Topics
Credits: 3
Topics vary from year to year. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ZFOR 3503: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ENEC 3559: New Course in Restoration and Eighteenth-century Literature
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of restoration and eighteenth-century literature. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGN 3559: New Course in Genre Studies
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Genre Studies. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENEC 3600: The English Novel I
Credits: 3
Studies the rise and development of the English novel in the 18th century. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 3820: History of Literatures in English II
Credits: 3
A two-semester, chronological survey of literatures in English from their beginnings to the present day. Studies the formal and thematic features of different genres in relation to the chief literary, social, and cultural influences upon them. ENGL 3810 covers the period up to 1800; ENGL 3820, the period 1800 to the present. Required of all majors. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu.
ENGN 3840: Satire
Credits: 3
Reading and discussion of major satirical works from classical times to the present. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 3910: Satire
Credits: 3
Reading and discussion of major satirical works from classical times to the present. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 3991: The Culture of London Past and Present
Credits: 3
The Culture of London: Past and Present" offers an interdisciplinary approach to metropolitan culture, as an historically embedded object of inquiry. Located in London, it runs for a month each year from early June to early July. Faculty members from the University direct, teach and lead the class; they are complemented by London-based specialists in architecture, art history, religious studies and contemporary politics. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENEC 4500: Advanced Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature I
Credits: 3
Limited enrollment. Topics vary from year to year. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENEC 8500: Topics in Eighteenth-Century Literature
Credits: 3
Topics vary and recently include 'From Classic to Romantic' and 'Eighteenth-Century Poetry.' For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 9995: Dissertation Seminar
Credits: 3
Required of students in the Department's PhD program who are at or near the beginning of the dissertation writing process. Addresses the problems encountered by students as they begin to tackle the dissertation. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
  • NEH Daniels Family Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2014-17
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, 2000-2001
  • University of Virginia Sesquicentennial Fellow, 2000-2001
  • University of Virginia Teaching Fellow, 1999-2000
  • Fletcher Jones Fellow, The Huntington Library, Summer 1997
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Course Construction Award, 1996-1997
  • Fellow, Interdisciplinary Group for Humanities Studies, Texas A & M University, 1996-1998
  • Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 1994-1995
  • Maclean Instructorship, The University of Chicago, Winter 1994