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EN 215--Honors British Literature I
EN 343--The British Novel to 1900
EN 347--British Literature in the Enlightenment
EN 373--Women in Fiction
EN 344--Major Authors (Jane Austen)
EN 433--Topics in British Literature
EN 674--Graduate Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Literature
EN 683--Graduate Seminar in British Romantic Literature

A member of the English Department since 2008, Deborah Weiss specializes in the long eighteenth century and the history of the novel.   She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Washington University and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  In her research, Weiss focuses on the engagements of eighteenth-century women novelists with the social and economic ideas of the Enlightenment.  Weiss teaches courses on the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novel, British literature in the Enlightenment, sexuality and gender in the long eighteenth century, and Jane Austen. She is the co-coordinator of the English Honors Program and the faculty sponsor for the English Majors & Minors Association (EMMA). 


The Female Philosopher and her Afterlives: Mary Wollstonecraft, the British Novel, and the Transformations of Feminism, 1796-1811, Palgrave, 2017

Edited Editions

“Maria Edgeworth: A Critical Survey,” in Romantic Women Writers: An Ashgate Research 
Companion, ed., Ann R. Hawkins  and Maura Ives, Ashgate Press, forthcoming 

Journal Articles

“Maria Edgeworth’s Infant Economics: Capitalist Culture, Goodwill Networks, and ‘Lazy Lawrence,’” The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 37: 3 (Fall 2014)

Sense and Sensibility: Uncertain Knowledge and the Ethics of Everyday Life,” Studies in Romanticism, 52:2 (Summer 2013)

“The Form of Social Class and the Reformation of Ireland: Edgeworth’s Ennui,Studies in the Novel, 45:1 (Spring 2013)

“Sarah Scott’s ‘Attick School’: Moral Philosophy and Ethical Agency in Millenium Hall,”  Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 24:3 (Spring 2012)

“The Extraordinary Ordinary Belinda: Maria Edgeworth’s Female Philosophers,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 19:4 (Summer 2007)

“Suffering, Sentiment, and Civilization:  Pain and Politics in Wollstonecraft’s Short Residence,” Studies in Romanticism, 45:2 (Summer 2006)