Stephen Dilks

Stephen Dilks


Graduate and Doctoral Faculty
118 Cockefair Hall


Areas of Specialization

Modern and contemporary British and Irish literature/culture; modernisms and postmodernism; text based discourse analysis; Samuel Beckett and James Joyce; essayisms analysis.

In April 2011, Syracuse University Press published Samuel Beckett in the Literary Marketplace.  This book marks a serious challenge to received understandings of Beckett as an author "damned to fame," documenting Beckett's efforts to develop a viable authorial persona and exploring his work with a network of academics, literary agents, producers, publishers, and other professional acquaintances during the period between 1929 and 1969 (when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature).  I have also published articles on the subject of authorship and literary marketing in the James Joyce Quarterly, the Modern Language Review, and the Journal of Modern Literature Cultural Conversations: The Presence of the Past, a book I co-edited, has been used since 2002 to teach composition and communication at numerous colleges across the country.  I am currently working on a book-length project on Alfred Tennyson's career as a professional writer.


  • Cultural Conversations: The Presence of the Past, (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001)

  • Samuel Beckett in the Literary Marketplace, (Syracuse University Press, 2011)


  • Popular Literature (general education course)

  • Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature (general education course)

  • British Literature II (survey course for the English major)

  • Language, Literacy, Power (writing intensive course)

  • Terrorism, Civil War, Trauma (cluster course)

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in English


  • B.A., Honors (first class), Sterling University, Scotland

  • M.A. Rutgers University

  • Ph.D., Rutgers University