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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.  Her current book project is a study of representations of the female philosopher in late-Enlightenment fiction.  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 with responsibility for overseeing students writing their senior honors theses.


“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)