Stephanie DeGooyer

Assistant Professor of English, On Leave Fall 2015

Stephanie DeGooyer received her Ph.D. in English literature from Cornell University in 2013. Although her research and teaching centers on the literature and philosophy of the long eighteenth century, she is generally interested in the relationship between literary form and political life, law and literature, aesthetics, and human rights theory. She is currently completing a book, The Sorrows of Anybody: The Aesthetics of Democracy in the Long Eighteenth Century, which accounts for the rise of the democratic proposition that anybody can be a subject of art in the anti-realist properties of the eighteenth-century sentimental novel. Her teaching at Willamette University covers survey courses on Eighteenth-Century British literature, as well as more specialized courses on Romanticism, Literary and Critical Theory, Democracy, Human Rights, and Laurence Sterne.

Selected Publications

“Shandy Hops the Border: Rethinking the Politics of Sentimentality.” Sterne, Tristram, Yorick: Tercentenary Essays on Laurence Sterne, ed. Peter de Voogd, Judith Hawley, and Melvyn New (forthcoming)

“Democracy, Give or Take?” Humanity: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania), March 2014.

“A Monster’s Right to Have Rights,” Biblion: The Afterlife of Shelley and Frankenstein (New York Public Library), 2011.

“Speech Act Theory,” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Theory and Literary Criticism, ed Gregory Castle. (Mass: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).


ENGL 353 – The Early Novel
HUM 497 - Tristram Shandy
ENGL 458 – The Politics of Literature
ENGL 319 – Sentimental Fiction
ENGL 202 – Literary Theory
ENGL 201 - Close Reading
ENGL 117 – Romanticism and Revolution
ENGL 117 - Tragicomedy