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Gerald Nachtwey

Gerald Nachtwey
  • Associate Professor / Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Ph.D. English Language & Literature, Loyola University, Chicago, 2005
  • M.A. English Language & Literature, Loyola University, Chicago, 2001
  • B.S. English Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1997


Contact Information

  • Department: English
  • Office: Mattox 207
  • Mailing Address: Mattox 101
  • Email:
  • Phone: 859-622-3183
  • Expert Areas: Medieval Romance; Fantasy Literature; Post-Structuralism and Reception Theory; Gaming Studies; Theology and Literature


Jerry Nachtwey has been teaching at Eastern Kentucky University since 2006, where has taught a broad range of courses from Early World Literature, to Fantasy Literature, to History of the English Language. In both his courses and his scholarship, Dr. Nachtwey utilizes a variety of different media, including film, comics, games, video games and objects purporting to be “books.” He is interested in exploring the often-uncertain boundaries between work and play, sanctity and profanity, and communication and misunderstanding, all of which were discussed in his most recent book Strictly Fantasy: The Cultural Roots of Tabletop Role-Playing Games.

Dr. Nachtwey is also the coordinator of the brand new MA in English & Writing Professions Program at Eastern Kentucky University. The MAEWP seeks to give our graduate students the skills and knowledge they need to find successful employment--both within and without the academy--with just a two-year degree. More information can be found at

Jerry still plays tabletop games whenever he gets the chance, virtually if need be. He has beaten the original Legend of Zelda without taking the sword (except for Ganon . . .), but has so far failed to breed blue roses in Animal Crossing. He lives in Richmond, Kentucky with his wife and two sons, who are just the best.


Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
ENG 311Early British Literature SurveTR 9:30am-10:45am Combs Building 116Spring 2023
ENG 492English Literature CapstoneMWF 1:25pm-2:15pm Wallace Bldg 428Spring 2023
ENG 898Thesis   Spring 2023
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