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Devoney Looser

Foundation Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Biography: 

Devoney Looser is Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University. (Her name is pronounced DEV-oh-nee LOE-sir.). 

She is the author or editor of nine books on literature by women, a Guggenheim Fellow, and an NEH Public Scholar. Her book, The Making of Jane Austen (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), was named a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book (Nonfiction). Her most recent book is The Daily Jane Austen: A Year in Quotes (University of Chicago Press, 2019).

Looser’s essays have appeared in The New York TimesThe AtlanticSalon, Slate, and the TLS. She writes regularly on professional issues for The Chronicle of Higher Education. She's been interviewed about Jane Austen on CNN and has been a quoted authority in the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal

She teaches ASU undergraduate and graduate courses (in person and online) in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, women’s writings, and Jane Austen and has led the department's workshop on academic job market preparation for humanities PhD studentss. She's played roller derby as Stone Cold Jane Austen and serves as faculty adviser to the ASU Derby Devils.

For further information, see Devoney Looser’s website.

Fax: 
480-965-3451
Education: 
  • Ph.D. English, with certification in Women’s Studies, SUNY - Stony Brook, NY. 1993
  • B.A. Summa cum laude with English Honors, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. 1989
  • Digital Humanities Observatory Summer School Participant, Royal Irish Academy, June 26-July 2, 2010.
Videos
Audio: 
Interview (Devoney Looser): The Bennet Edit
Interview (Devoney Looser): Bonnets at Dawn
Research Interests: 

Looser's areas of expertise include women's writings, British literature, Jane Austen, the history of the novel, feminist studies, age and aging studies, historiography, and women in sport. She is also faculty adviser to the ASU Derby Devils, the co-ed collegiate roller derby team.

Publications: 

Books and Edited Books

  • The Daily Jane Austen (editor), University of Chicago Press, 2019.
  • The Making of Jane Austen. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.
  • Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 17501850. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. 
  • British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 16701820. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000, 2005. 
  • Edition of Jane West’s A Gossip’s Story (1796) (with Melinda O’Connell and Caitlin Kelly), Valancourt, 2015.
  • Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing of the Romantic Period (editor), Cambridge University Press, 2015. 
  • Generations: Academic Feminists in Dialogue (co-editor, with E. Ann Kaplan). U of Minnesota P, 1997.
  • Jane Austen and Discourses of Feminism (editor). Palgrave Macmillan, 1995.

 

Research Activity: 

Recent Essays

“Five Myths About Jane Austen,” Washington Post, 6 March 2020, p. B3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/five-myths/five-myths-about-jane-austen/2020/03/06/25ffaba4-5f30-11ea-9055-5fa12981bbbf_story.html

“Fan Fiction or Fan Fact? An Unknown Pen Portrait of Jane Austen,” TLS, 13 December 2019, pp. 14-15. https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/fan-fiction-or-fan-fact/

“The Sadness of Rewatching Rollerball in 2019,” Slate, 14 November 2019, https://slate.com/technology/2019/11/rollerball-rewatching-future.html

“Oos-Oos-Oos-Ah!” TLS (12 July 2019). https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/uswnt-world-cup-2019/

“Teaching Jane Austen to Sex Offenders,” Salon (1 March 2019). https://www.salon.com/2019/03/01/teaching-jane-austen-to-sex-offenders/

“Descending from Jane Austen,” Times Literary Supplement (25 January 2019): 8-9. https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/pride-and-precariousness/

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 535Study 18/19th Cent Britsh Lit
ENG 635Advanced Studies British Lit
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 535Study 18/19th Cent Britsh Lit
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 535Study 18/19th Cent Britsh Lit
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 791Seminar