Devoney Looser is Regents 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 next book, Sister Novelists: Jane and Anna Maria Porter in the Age of Austen, will be out in September 2022 from Bloomsbury USA. Her book The Making of Jane Austen (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017) was named a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book (Nonfiction). She's the editor of The Daily Jane Austen: A Year of Quotes (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Looser’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Salon, Slate, and the TLS. She's written on professional issues for The Chronicle of Higher Education and has been interviewed about Austen on CNN. She teaches ASU undergraduate and graduate courses (in person and online) in British literature, the history of the novel, and women’s writings. 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 or subscribe to her newsletter.
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.
Books and Edited Books
“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/