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).
Dr. Gerard is the recipient of a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 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 bi-annual journal The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats and is a regular contributor to The Shandean.