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  • William SnyderDr. William C. Snyder

    Professor of English  

    Placid Hall, Room 412

    Dr. Snyder delights in sharing with his students tales and discoveries accumulated over four decades of teaching, writing, researching and traveling. His interest in interdisciplinary modes of thinking always finds a place in his courses, which routinely incorporate music, art and contemporary culture. His greatest source of gratification, however, is seeing in his majors the same love of language, creativity, stories and characters that he found and enjoyed in his peers during his days as an English major at Saint Vincent.



    Ph.D., West Virginia University
    B.A., Saint Vincent College


    Courses Taught

    Language and Rhetoric
    Intermediate Writing
    Literary Criticism I
    The Romantic Age
    British Literature Survey II
    American Short Story


    Publications and Presentations  

    • Article, “The Yellow Wall-Paper” as Modern Art, in A Woman's Place is not in the Home: The Role of Place in the Life and Writing of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, collection of essays on Charlotte Perkins Gilman (pending 2016), Jill Bergman, University of Montana, ed.
    • Review, Ideology and Utopia in the Poetry of William Blake, by Nicholas M. Williams, (for Choice), July 1998
    • Review, William Hogarth: A Life, by Jennie Uglow, (for Choice), April 1998
    • Transcript, “The Computer Classroom as a Matrix for Interdisciplinary Dialogue,” in proceedings of MacBeth National Conference, Bethany, WV, April 1997
    • Review, Revolution in Romanticism, by Joel Haefner and Carol Shiner Wilson, eds. (for Choice) 1994
    • Review, Dark Figures in the Desired Country, by Gerda Norvig, (for Choice), 1993
    • Review, The Return of the Visible in British Romanticism, by William Galperin, 1993 (for Choice)
    • Article, "'Mother Nature's Other Natures: Landscape in Women's Writing, 1770-1830," Women's Studies, Summer 1992.
    • Review, Female Heroism in the Pastoral, by Gail David, 1991 (for Choice)
    • Review, The Search for the Picturesque by Malcolm Andrews, in European Romantic Review, Summer 1990
    • Article, "A Sentence-Revising Format for Basic Writers," Journal of Developmental Education, September 1987
    • Article, “Wordsworth, Nature Poet of the Divine,” The Temple Artisan, Halcyon, California, Summer 1985


    1. “Re-framing the Picturesque,” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2016. Panel chair.
    2. “British Literature Survey and Digital Layering,” Midwest Modern Language Association, Columbus, Ohio, November, 2015
    3. A Scape of One’s Own: Autobiography and Place in Gilman’s Fiction,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman International Society Conference, Boston, June 2015
    4. “Creativity and the Upper Writing Curriculum,” EAPSU Conference, California University of Pennsylvania, October 2014
    5. “Romantic Painting Informing Poetic Theory,” Northeast MLA, Harrisburg, PA, 2014
    6. “Impressionism in American Regional Stories,” Northeast MLA, Boston, March 2013
    7. “’The Yellow Wall-Paper’ as Modern Art,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman International Conference, Missoula, MT, June 2011; Northeast MLA, Rochester, NY, March 2012
    8. “A Model for Hybrid Course Development,” Teaching Enhancement and Mentoring Program, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, October 2012
    9. “The Yellow Wall-Paper” as Modern Art, Charlotte Perkins Gilman International Society University of Montana, 2011
    10. “Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum,” Teaching Enhancement and Mentoring Program, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, October 2010
    11. “A Design for Assignment-Making,” College English Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2009
    12. “Six Principles of Good Writing and the Interdisciplinary Writing Program at Saint Vincent College,” at NCTE National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2005
    13. “Reconstructing an English Department for the 21st Century,” at NCTE National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2005
    14. "A Pilgrim's Progress Through Academic Discourse," Conference on Teaching Excellence, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, May 2003
    15. “The Computer Classroom as a Matrix for Interdisciplinary Dialogue,” MacBeth National Conference, Bethany, WV, April 1997
    16. “Contemporary Teaching Methodologies,” Shandong University, People’s Republic of China, May, 1996.
    17. "Gendered Responses to the Sublime in Romanticism," American Conference on Romanticism, The Penn State University, October 1994
    18. "Gender Ideology and the Sublime in Visual and Verbal Art of the Romantic Period," North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, London, Ontario, August, 1993
    19. "The Re-gendering of Romantic Landscape," Seton Hill College Fine Arts Forum, February 1993
    20. "Interdisciplinary Writing And Technology," Pacific Coast Writing Labs Conference, Pepperdine University, October 1992
    21. "Art and Perceptual Surprise," St. Vincent Lecture Series, February 1992
    22. "Picturesque Poetry and Painting as Feminine Province," Western Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of San Diego, February 1991
    23. "Hawthorne's Delineation of Character in The Scarlet Letter," Wyoming Conference on English, June 1991
    24. "Perceptual Ambiguity in Wordsworth and Turner," Northeast MLA, Boston, April 1987