The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers students a traditional liberal education to meet the needs of the 21st century, allowing them to compete for a variety of careers in an increasingly complex and evolving world.

Gerard, William

TitleProfessor, Coordinator of Creative Writing
DepartmentEnglish & Philosophy
OfficeEnglish and Philosophy
Office HoursBy Appointment
Office Location358 Liberal Arts


W. B. Gerard teaches eighteenth-century British Literature and fiction writing. He has published on Laurence Sterne, book illustration, and William Blake in Eighteenth-Century Fiction and Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, among others. His book, Laurence Sterne and the Visual Imagination (Ashgate, 2006) examines the pictorialism within Sterne's work and the interpretative meaning of the literary illustrations that appear in his texts. He is also the editor of Divine Rhetoric: Essays on the Sermons of Laurence Sterne (Delaware, 2010) and co-editor of Swiftly Sterneward: Essays on Laurence Sterne and His Times in Honor of Melvyn New (Delaware, 2010). He is also co-editor, with Melvyn New, of volume 9 of the Florida Edition of the Works of Laurence Sterne, The Miscellaneous Writings (2014).

Dr. Gerard is the recipient of a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities and two Franklin Grants from the American Philosophical Society, and has been named Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Southeast Association for Eighteenth-Century Studies and as a reader for Ashgate Publishing. He is co-editor of the semi-annual journal The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats (, member of the editorial board of The Shandean (, and general editor of THAT Literary Review (

EducationPh.D., University of Florida