Karen B. Gevirtz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Dr. Gevirtz writes about the invention of the novel in the long eighteenth century, and Jane Austen.
I study how and why literary forms, particularly the novel, evolve. The period in which I specialize, the long eighteenth century (1660-1798), saw the birth of the professional writer, the novel, the newspaper, the magazine and Shakespeare criticism (to name a few innovations) and is therefore a tremendously exciting time for following those questions. Although I focus on the development of the novel as a genre, I also publish on Jane Austen, women writers and non-fictional prose. Currently, I am writing about the intersection of the scientific revolution and the development of point of view in the early novel. In courses such as "The Gothic Novel" and "Jane Austen in Film and Literature," I try to show students not only the most amazing aspects of the period, but also its strong connections with and similarities to our own time.
- Ph.D., Emory University
- M.A., Emory University
- Certificate in Women's Studies, Emory University
Recent conference presentations
- Associate Member, Columbia University Colloquium on Eighteenth-Century Studies, Columbia University
- University Research Council Award, Seton Hall University, 2010
- Finalist, Professor of the Year, College of Arts & Sciences, 2009-2010
Recent conference sessions organized, moderated, or chaired
- “Taking a Seat at the Table: Professional Organizations and You,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Cleveland, OH, April 5, 2013.
- “’Nothing to See Here’: Sex, Scandal, and the Shifting Self in Behn’s Love-Letters,” East-Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Baltimore, MD, November 2, 2012.
- “The Center Cannot Hold”: Objectivity and Morality in the Modest Witness,” North-East Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Wesleyan University, CT, October 14, 2012.
- “From Epistle to Epistemology: Love-Letters and the Royal Society,” Aphra Behn Society-Europe, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, April 13, 2012.
- Chair, “Aphra Behn and the Theater (2),” Aphra Behn Society-Europe, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, April 14, 2012.
- Chair and organizer, “Adaptation and the 18th Century,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, San Antonio, TX, March 23, 2012.
- Peer Reviewed: Elizabeth Inchbald’s Shakespeare Criticism
In Shakespeare and the Culture of Romanticism, edited by Joseph M. Ortiz, 31-50. Burlington, VT.: Ashgate,
- Dialogue, Selection, Subversion: Three Approaches to Teaching Women Writers
Lumen 32 (2013): 127-50, doi: 10.7202/1015488ar,
- Review of Gulliver’s Travels
Eighteenth-Century Studies, 44(4),
- Aphra Behn and the Scientific Self (book chapter)
In Judy Hayden (ed.), "The New Science and Women's Literary Discourse: Prefiguring Frankenstein", Palgrave,
- (De)Constructing Jane: Converting 'Austen' in Recent Film Adaptations
"Persuasions On-Line", 31(1),
- Life After Death: Widows and the English Novel, Defoe to Austen
Newark: University of Delaware Press,