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John E. Weaver Professor of English and Coordinator of Literature


B.A., Yale

Ph.D., Vanderbilt

Areas of Specialty

19th- and 20th-Century British literature, especially the novel

Jane Austen

Lewis Carroll

Interdisciplinary 19th-century studies

Narrative theory

Genre theory

History of manners

Anglo-American modernism

Selected Publications and Projects

The Alice Books and the Contested Ground of the Natural World (Routledge, 2017)

Austen Said:  Patterns of Diction in Jane Austen’s Novels.  Data-mining project.

Jane Austen's Anglicanism (Ashgate, 2011)

Critical Essays on Jane Austen (G.K. Hall, 1998)

Romance, Language, and Education in Jane Austen's Novels (Macmillan, 1988)

Essays on Jane Austen, George Eliot, Charlotte Bronte, R.L. Stevenson, Evelyn Waugh, P.G. Wodehouse, and Wallace Stevens, among others.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses: University Freshman Honors Seminar (Manners and Cultural Codes); University Senior Honors Seminar (Jane Austen; Comedy and Tragedy); Introduction to English Studies; Introduction to Poetry; Shakespeare; Children’s Literature; Composition and Literature; Twentieth-Century Fiction; Intermediate Composition; Women in Popular Culture; English Authors After 1800 (regular and Honors versions); British Authors After 1800: The Mystery and Gothic Tradition; Twentieth-Century Women’s Literature; Introduction to Women’s Literature; Jane Austen; Modern Fiction; Nineteenth-Century British Literature: Victorian Novelists; Nineteenth-Century British Literature: Poetry and Non-fiction Prose; The Novel: 1700-1900; Literary Criticism; English Capstone: Modernity.

Graduate courses: Literary Criticism; Nineteenth-Century British Literature; The Nineteenth-Century British Novel; The Nineteenth-Century British Novel: The Gothic Tradition; The American Short Story; Modern Fiction; Teaching the Novel; Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Nineteenth Century (cotaught with Benjamin Rader, History; Ken Winkle, History; Wendy Katz, Art History); Interdisciplinary Themes in the Nineteenth Century: Manners and Class; Jane Austen; Nineteenth-Century Children’s Literature