Faculty Profiles

Jon Dietrick

  • Associate Professor
Academic Division: Arts & Humanities
781-239-4526

Bio

Professor Dietrick teaches intermediate and advanced literature courses such as Business and American Drama, Modern Drama, and The London Stage. Professor Dietrick’s research deals mainly with literary representations of business and economic life. He is the author of the book Bad Pennies and Dead Presidents: Money in Modern American Drama. Additionally his work has appeared in journals such as American Drama, Twentieth-Century Literature, and the Journal of International Women’s Studies.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, University of Connecticut
  • MA, University of Connecticut
  • BA, Wilkes University

Academic Interests

Drama and Performance Theory; American Literature; Literature and Economic Thinking; American Realism and Naturalism

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 — Course Release, Babson Faculty Research Fund
  • 2014 — Summer Stipend, Babson Faculty Research Fund
  • 2013 — Summer Stipend, Babson Faculty Research Fund
  • 2012 — Summer Stipend, Babson Faculty Research Fund
  • 2011 — Summer Stipend, Babson Faculty Research Fund
  • 2009 — Course Release Award, Babson Faculty Research Fund
  • 2008 — Summer Stipend, Babson Faculty Research Fund
  • 2002 — Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut
  • 2001 — Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Connecticut
  • 2000 — Summer Fellowship, University of Connecticut
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Courses

  • Degree Courses 2019

    • LVA 2014 MONEY AND LITERATURE
    • LIT 4600 MODERN DRAMA
    • LIT 4693 PLAY PERFORMANCE PERSPECTIVE:LONDON STAG
  • Degree Courses 2018

    • LVA 2031 BUSINESS AND AMERICAN DRAMA
    • LVA 2031 BUSINESS AND AMERICAN DRAMA
    • AHS 1000 AHS THE SELF IN CONTEXT
    • LIT 4600 MODERN DRAMA

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Dietrick, J.M. (2016). ‘The current gold coin of the New Jerusalem’: perception, symbolization, and money in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Journal of Cultural Economy. Vol: 10, Issue: 2, Page: 127-135. Taylor & Francis. link
  • Dietrick, J.M. (2007). “Making it ‘Real’: Money and Mimesis in Suzan-Lori Parks’s Topdog/Underdog” . Vol: 16, Issue: 1.
  • Dietrick, J.M. (2006). “’Real Classical Money’: Naturalism and David Mamet’s American Buffalo” . Twentieth-Century Literature. Vol: 52, Issue: 3 .
  • Dietrick, J.M. (2003). “Seeing Battle, Knowing War: Feminist Re-Visioning in Hortensia Papadat-Bengesçu’s ‘The Man Whose Heart They Could See’”. Journal of International Women’s Studies. Vol: 4, Issue: 2.

Books

  • Dietrick, J.M. (2012). Bad Pennies and Dead Presidents: Money in Modern American Drama. Page: 155. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Dietrick, J.M. (2017). "An Idiom That is a Kind of Vision of the World': David Rabe's Plays of the 1970s": American Playwriting of the 1970s (Decades of American Playwriting series).. Vol: 5, Issue: 1, Page: 30 pages. Methuen. link
  • Dietrick, J.M. (2013). “Literary and Real-Life Salesmen and the Performance of Class.” : Living with Class: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture. Page: 53–58. Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Dietrick, J.M. (2012). “A Full Refund Aint Enough”: Money in Suzan-Lori Parks’s Red Letter Plays.” : Essays on Suzan-Lori Parks. McFarland.
  • Dietrick, J.M. (2009). “’The Jungle is Dark and Full of Diamonds’: Natural Value and the Logic of Naturalism in Death of a Salesman.” . Salem Press.
  • Dietrick, J.M. (2003). "Bums": A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press .
  • Dietrick, J.M. (2003). “The Bowery Mission”: A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press.
  • Dietrick, J.M. (2003). “The Pushcart Man” : A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press.

Book Reviews

  • Dietrick, J.M. (2009). Review of Suzan-Lori Parks by Deborah Geis. Vol: 52, Issue: 4. Modern Drama.
  • Dietrick, J.M. (2004). "Book Review: The Cambridge Companion to David Mamet": The David Mamet Review. The David Mamet Society. link

Presentations

  • “Maps, Titles, Legends: Signification and Value in Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables. Paper delivered in absentia, by panel chair. Dietrick, J. Fraud and Forgery in the Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark (2018)
  • “Hester in the Marketplace: Women’s Labor in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.” Dietrick, J. Women, Money, and Markets, King's College, London UK (2017)
  • “’To Pay My Underminers in Their Coin’: Money as Scriptile Object inMilton’s Late Works.” Dietrick, J. Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany (2015)
  • Circulating Black Bodies and ‘New Money’ in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone Dietrick, J. Northeast Modern Language Association , Rochester, NY (2012)
  • Money and Language in Mamet's Business Plays Dietrick, J. Association for Jewish Studies, Washington DC (2011)
  • Jewish-American Identity Construction in Mamet's Business Plays Dietrick, J. Association for Jewish Studies Annual convention, (2011)
  • Blood Money and Bad Pennies: Monstrous Money in Sidney Kingsley's Dead End Dietrick, J. Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, MA (2009)
  • Money and Economic Exchange on the American Stage Dietrick, J. Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, MA (2009)
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Professional Memberships

  • American Studies Association (2017)