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Dr. Stephan Schaffrath

Dr. Stephan Schaffrath

Developmental Instructor and Advisor

Indiana Office and Phone 

203C Pratt Hall  
P: 724-357-2729



2004 PhD in English (Literature and Criticism Program), dissertation title: Chaotics, Architectonics, and Truth-Finding Methodology in the Post-World War II British Novel: Approaching Approximations, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

1997 MA in English, emphases on Language Studies/ESL and British Literature, Eastern Kentucky University

1995 BS in Psychology with a minor in Spanish, magna cum laude, Eastern Kentucky University

1990 Abitur, German University Preparatory Degree, Gymnasium Olching

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Schaffrath, S. (2016). Golding's The Spire as an architectonic novel. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 18(1), 1-9.
  • Schaffrath, S. (2016). Obsession and metamorphosis in two first-person infantryman narratives. The Midwest Quarterly, 57(3), 288-305.
  • Schaffrath, S. (2010). Comparing Brown and Eco: Knights Templar in The DaVinci Code and Foucault’s Pendulum.” The Midwest Quarterly, 52(1), 70-85. Rpt. in Trudeau, L. J. (Ed).  (2014) Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 360. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 220-25.
  • Schaffrath, S. (2010). Comparing Brown and Eco: Knights Templar in The Da Vinci Code and Foucault’s PendulumThe Midwest Quarterly, 52(1), 70-85.
  • Schaffrath, S. (2007). The methodology of architectonic truth-finding in Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel).”  CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 9(4), 1-13.
  • Schaffrath, S. (2002). Order-versus-chaos dichotomy in Bram Stoker's Dracula." Extrapolation, 43(1), 98-112. Rpt. in Witalec, J. (2004) Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Vol. 144. Detroit: Gale.
  • Schaffrath, S. (2004) What really happened to Pangall.”  Notes on Contemporary Literature 34,  10-11. 
  • Schaffrath, S. (2003) The many facets of chaos-versus-order dichotomy in Graham Swift’s Waterland.”  Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 4, 84-93.
  • Schaffrath, S. (2002) Order-versus-chaos dichotomy in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Extrapolation, 43, 98-112.
  • Schaffrath, S. (2002) Vampiric elements in Bernard Malamud’s The Assistant.  The CEA Critic, 64, 63-71.

Recent Presentations

  • April 2015: “Adjuncting 2.0.” PADE Annual Conference, Hershey, PA.
  • April 2014: “Walking Tall at IUP.” PADE Annual Conference, Gettysburg, PA.
  • April 2012: “Dave Grossman and the Depiction of the Psychological Effects of Killing in the Television Show Supernatural.” PCEA Conference, Scranton, PA.
  • March 2011: “First Person Infantrymen Narratives and David Grossman’s Theory of Killology.” PCEA Conference, Erie, PA.
  • April 2009: “Circling Tensions and Illuminating Goals: How a Teaching Circling can Illuminate the Broad Ways to Teach Writing.” SUNY Council on Writing Conference, Buffalo, NY.


2010 Victor J. Emmett Memorial Award: selected as the winner for the best essay on a literary topic published in the Midwest Quarterly in 2010, “Comparing Brown and Eco:  Knights Templar in The Da Vinci Code and Foucault’s Pendulum.”

  • Developmental Studies Department
  • Pratt Hall, Room 202/203
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2729
  • Fax: 724-357-6940
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.