Ronald W. Hoag

Title: Professor
Office: Bate 2107
Phone: 252.328.6580
E-Mail: hoagr@ecu.edu


Ronald Hoag is on the board of directors of The Thoreau Society, the oldest (1941) and largest (2000 members) society devoted to an American author. For seven years he served as editor of The Concord Saunterer, the society's well-regarded scholarly journal. Hoag published (with Bradley Dean) a book-length study of Henry Thoreau's career as a lecturer in two issues of Studies in the American Renaissance. His essays on Thoreau, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Erskine Caldwell, William Faulkner, John Updike, and other American writers have appeared in The Cambridge Companion to Henry David Thoreau and the journals Texas Studies in Literature and Language, ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, The Concord Saunterer, Thoreau Society Bulletin, Modern Fiction Studies, Studies in the Novel, Studies in American Fiction, Southern Review, Georgia Review, Mississippi Quarterly, Southern Literary Journal, South Atlantic Review, Paris Review, and others.


B.A. Middlebury College
M.A. Duke University
M.A. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Research Interests

19th-Century American Literature
Henry Thoreau
Ralph W. Emerson
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Herman Melville
Mark Twain

Courses Taught

ENGL 7265: Special Topics Seminar in American Literature
ENGL 4250: American Literature 1865-1920
ENGL 4200: American Literature 1820-1865
ENGL 3860: Introduction to Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 3420: The Short Story
ENGL 2200: Major American Writers
ENGL 2000: Interpreting Literature
ENGL 1000: Appreciating Literature