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Dr. Lisa Vetere, Associate Professor, English

Lisa Vetere, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Department Advising Coordinator

Department: English

Office: The Great Hall Annex 409

Office Hours: Office hours by appointment.

Phone: 732-571-3611


Lisa M. Vetere is an Associate Professor of English at Monmouth University, where she mostly teaches courses in American literature. Her research focuses on the relationship between early nineteenth-century American narratives and historical crises both environmental and cultural. A recent essay on the interdependence between horticulture and literature in early writings of Philadelphia was included in the collection, Dark Scenes from Damaged Earth: The Gothic Anthropocene (University of Minnesota Press, 2022). Other work has appeared in the collection, Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Routledge 2017) as well as in journals such as Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History and JNT: The Journal of Narrative Theory, the latter recognized by Duke University’s American Literary Scholarship as a “noteworthy period study” in Early-19th-Century Literature. She is a 2004 graduate of Lehigh University’s Ph.D. program in English.


Ph.D., Lehigh University

Research Interests

Dr. Vetere’s interests include: early and antebellum American literature and culture with an emphasis on historiography and the historical romance; American studies; cultural studies; and feminist criticism.

Scholarly Articles

Book Chapters

“The Horrors of the Horticultural: Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland and the Landscape of the Anthropocene.” Dark Scenes from Damaged Earth: The Gothic Anthropocene, Eds. Justin Edwards, Johan Höglund, and Rune Graulund. University of Minnesota Press, 2022.   

“A Heap of Ruins”: The Horrors of Deforestation in Leonora Sansay’s Secret History.” Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Routledge Studies in World Literatures and the Environment) Eds. Dawn Keetley & Matthew Sivils. Routledge, 2017.   

“The Rage of Willow:  Malefic Witchcraft Fantasy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Buffy Conquers the Academy. Eds. U. Melissa Anyiwo and Karoline Szatek-Tudor. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013.  

Journal Articles

“’The Malefic Unconscious: Gender, Genre, and History in Early Antebellum Witchcraft Narratives.”  Journal of Narrative Theory. 42.2 (Spring/Summer 2012): 119148.  

  • Recognized by Duke University’s American Literary Scholarship [1 (September 2014): 219–242] as a “noteworthy period study” of 2012 in Early-19th-Century Literature. 

“Imagining the Mastery of Cotton Mather: The Performance of Antebellum Manhood in Charles Upham’s Lectures on Witchcraft (1831).”  Clio: A Journal of Literature,  History and the Philosophy of History. 4.2 (Spring 2011): 209-234 

  • Listed by Shelby Johnson in “Some Current Publications.” Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Spring 2012), p. 82.   


“Gothic Jasmine: Affect and Vegetal Monstrosity in Leonora Sansay’s Secret HistoryOr The Horrors of San Domingo”

Book Project in Progress: The Schuylkill Imaginary: Gothic Glimpses of the Multispecies Landscapes of Philadelphia in the Early Republic

Additional Information

University Discipline Committee
First-Year Seminar Working Group
Executive Committee, FAMCO
Curriculum Committee, Gender Studies
Curriculum Committee, English Department


Recently Taught Classes

2024 Spring

  • Ghost Stories and Other Haunting Tales – EN 224

2023 Fall

  • Foundations of American Literature – EN 228
  • Twentieth Century Psychoanalysis – PR 473

2023 Summer D

  • Cooperative Education: English – EN 488

2023 Spring

  • Ghost Stories and Other Haunting Tales – EN 224
  • Twentieth Century Psychoanalysis – PR 473

2022 Fall

  • Foundations of American Literature – EN 228
  • Literature of Colonial America – EN 324

2022 Spring

  • Ghost Stories and Other Haunting Tales – EN 224
  • Place and Space in American Literature – EN 414
  • Twentieth Century Psychoanalysis – PR 473

2021 Fall

  • Foundations of American Literature – EN 228
  • Ghost Stories and Other Haunting Tales – EN 224

2021 Spring

  • Ghost Stories and Other Haunting Tales – EN 224
  • MID-Nineteenth Century American Literature – EN 327

Frequently Taught Classes

  • Cooperative Education: English (EN 488)
  • Foundations of American Literature (EN 228)
  • Ghost Stories and Other Haunting Tales (EN 224)
  • Literature II: Neoclassical to the Present (EN 202)
  • Literature of Colonial America (EN 324)
  • MID-Nineteenth Century American Literature (EN 327)
  • Nineteenth Century American Literature (EN 561)
  • Seminar in English (EN 491)
  • Twentieth Century Psychoanalysis (PR 473)