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Karen Gevirtz

Karen B. Gevirtz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English; Co-Director, Women and Gender Studies Program

Department 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

Academic Distinctions

Recent awards
  • University Research Council summer stipend, Seton Hall University, 2015
  • Researcher of the Year, College of Arts and Sciences, Seton Hall University, 2013-2014
  • Associate Member, Columbia University Colloquium on Eighteenth-Century Studies, Columbia University
  • University Research Council Award, Seton Hall University, 2010

I have presented, chaired panels, and organized sessions at conferences across the United States and abroad, including the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Aphra Behn Society, the Aphra Behn Society of Europe, the Northeast Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Northeast Modern Language Association.

Professional service



Office Phone
(973) 761-5151


Office Location
Room 361
Fahy Hall


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