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John C. Leffel

John C. Leffel

I research and teach British Literature and Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century, specializing in Empire and Colonialism (especially the history and culture of Early British India; migration and circulation; and slavery studies); Jane Austen, Maria Edgeworth and women writers; Material Culture and Thing Theory; and the novel.  I received my Ph.D. in English from The University of Colorado at Boulder, and am currently Assistant Professor of English. 

My scholarship has appeared in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Studies in Romanticism, European Romantic Review, Studies in the Novel, Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, and other venues.  


Ph.D. Colorado (2013)

M.A. New York University (2003)

B.A. Michigan (2000) 




Jane Austen

The Secret Life of Things

Colonialism, Race and Gender in Eighteenth-Century British Lit and Culture

Austen and her Contemporaries                   



The Age of Sensibility

Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Intro to Film Analysis

British Literature to 1780

Intro to Drama

Intro to Poetry

Intro to Fantasy and Sci-Fi


Articles, Essays, Book Chapters

“Conjugal Excursions, at Home and Abroad, in Jane Austen’s ‘Juvenilia’ and Sanditon,” in Robert Clark, ed. Jane Austen’s Geographies (New York and London: Routledge, 2018): 28-51.

“Empire, Race, and the Debate over the Indian Marriage Market in Elizabeth Hamilton’s Memoirs of Modern Philosophers (1800),” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 26.3 (Spring 2014): 427-454.

“‘Her diamond cross was … at the bottom of it all’: Colonial Wealth and Cultural Difference in Maria Edgeworth’s Castle Rackrent (1800),” European Romantic Review 23.5 (October 2012): 613-634.

“‘Everything is going to sixes and sevens”: Governing the Female Body (Politic) in Jane Austen’s Catharine, or the Bower (1792),” Studies in the Novel 43.2 (Summer 2011): 131-151.

“Jane Austen’s Miniature ‘Novel’: Gender, Politics, and Form in The Beautifull Cassandra,” Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal 32 (2010): 184-195.

“‘Where woman, lovely woman, for wealth and grandeur comes from far’: Representations of the Colonial Marriage Market in Gillray, Topham, Starke, and Austen,” in Monika Class and Terry F. Robinson, ed., Transnational England: Home and Abroad 1780-1860 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009): 208-232. 

Book Reviews:

Review of Kerri Andrews, ed., The Collected Works of Ann Yearsley (Pickering & Chatto, 2014), in Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (forthcoming).

Review of Sarah Raff, Jane Austen’s Erotic Advice (Oxford, 2014), in Studies in Romanticism 55.2 (Summer 2016): 295-298.


Co-Director, English Dept. Distinguished Voices in Literature Speaker Series

Faculty Mentor, Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society

Chair, English Dept. Curriculum Committee

Member of the College Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee

Member, Campus Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee