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Jaclyn Geller
Associate Professor of English Literature
Office: Emma Willard Hall, 315-01
Office Phone: (860)-832-2769

On sabbatical, spring 2013.


"Whatever is attempted without previous certainty of success, may now be considered
as a project, and amongst narrow minds may, therefore, expose its author to censure and
contempt; and if the liberty of laughing be once indulged, every man will laugh at what he
does not understand, every project will be considered as madness, and every great or new
design will be censured as a project.  Men unaccustomed to reason and researches, think
every enterprise impracticable, which is extended beyond common efforts or comprises
many intermediate operations."
        - Samuel Johnson, Adventurer # 99


"To come with a well-informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others."
        - Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey


"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute."
        - Rebecca West, "Mr. Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice," The Clarion


"I do not think it can be said too often that it is a mistake to exclaim over past wrong-thinking before at least wondering how our present thinking will seem to posterity."
        - Doris Lessing, Under My Skin


"Intellect needs to be understood, not as some kind of a claim against the other human
excellences for which a fatally high price has to be paid, but rather as a complement to
them without which they cannot be fully consummated."
        -Richard Hofstadter, Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

 

Education:
Ph.D. in English and American Literature, New York University.
M.A. in English Literature, New York University.
B.A. in English Literature, Oberlin College.

 

Research Specialties: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Studies, Satire, the Emergence and
Development of the Novel, Relationships Between the Genres, History of Marriage, Women's History.

 

Teaching Specialties: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Studies, Eighteenth-Century Poetry,
Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Principles of Literary Interpretation, Writing.

 

Professional Associations: American Society for Eigtheenth-Century Studies, Northeast
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, South Central Society for Eighteenth-
Century Studies.


Community Service: Alternatives to Marriage Project, an organization that fights marriage-status discrimination, lobbying on behalf of the unmarried; The Borjan Children's Fund, a nonpartisan charity whose volunteers work to improve the lives of impoverished children in rural regions of the southern Philippines.

 

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

Sample Syllabi: Principles of Literary Interpretation, The Eighteenth-Century Novel, Samuel Johnson Seminar, Jane Austen Seminar.

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