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John S. Scheckter

Professor of EnglishCo-director, C. W. Post Poetry Center

A.B., Grinnell CollegeM.A., University of IowaPh.D., University of Iowa


John Scheckter taught in Iowa and Montana before coming to C.W. Post in 1985. As a graduate student at the University of Iowa, he began comparative studies of American and Australian fiction, and the interplay of cultures has remained his primary interest. Dr. Scheckter has written articles and conference papers on American, Australian, Canadian, African and South Asian literatures, including novels, short fiction and autobiography. More recently, his work has been concerned with comparative cultural studies, and he has written on natural history illustration, the impact of material culture upon national expression and artistic representations of polar regions.

In 1986, Dr. Scheckter was a founding member of the American Association of Australian Literary Studies; he was president of the group from 2000 to 2004 and continues to serve on its executive board.

At Post, he teaches American literature, including the early period, along with Native American and other indigenous literatures, and post-colonial literature; in 2009, he developed and taught a class called “The Literature and Culture of Baseball.”


Post-Colonial Literature, American Literature, Australian Literature, Cultural Studies, Literature and Art, Literature and Material Culture


  • Author, “The Australian Novel 1830-1980: A Thematic Introduction.”
  • Author, essays in “A Companion to Australian Literature,” “The Nation across the World,” “The Twayne Companion to Contemporary World Literature” and other collections
  • Author, articles in ARIEL, World Literature Today, Antipodes, Modern Fiction Studies, South Dakota Review, Commonwealth Literature in English, Essays in Literature
  • Author, reviews in Philological Quarterly, Antipodes, Chimo, Commonwealth Novel in English, World Literature Today, Science-Fiction Studies and The International Fiction Review.


  • Recipient, research fellowship, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA (2000)


  • Founding Member, American Association of Australian Literary Studies (1986)
  • Treasurer, American Association of Australian Literary Studies (1989-1996)
  • Vice President, American Association of Australian Literary Studies (1996-2000) President, American Association of Australian Literary Studies (2000-2004)