Rivka Swenson

Rivka Swenson


BA Virginia Polytechnic Institute
MFA Virginia Commonwealth University
MA, PhD University of Virginia

Research/Teaching Focus

Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature


Essential Scots and the Idea of Unionism in Anglo-Scottish Literature, 1603-1832. Lewisburg PA: Bucknell UP, 2016. [Series: Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650–1850]

Ed. with Manushag N. Powell. “Sensational Subjects,” special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 54.2 (Summer 2013).

Ed. with Elise Lauterbach. Imagining Selves: Essays in Honor of Patricia Meyer Spacks. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2009.

Recent/Selected Publications

“‘it is to pleasure you’: Seeing Things in Mackenzie’s Aretina (1660), or, Whither Scottish Prose Fiction before the Novel?” Studies in Scottish Literature (2017): 24–32. [Symposium on “Periodization,” ed. Juliet Shields]

“Secret History and the It-Narrative.” The Secret History in Literature, 16601820. Eds. Rebecca Bullard and Rachel Carnell. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2017. 117–33.

“The Poet as Man of Feeling.” Oxford Handbook of British Poetry 1660–1800. Ed. Jack Lynch. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016. 195–209.

“Formalism, Historicism, and the Author’s Farce: Making the Modern Author in Tom Jones.” Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Henry Fielding. Eds. Jennifer Wilson and Elizabeth Kraft. New York: Modern Language Association, 2015. 130–37.

“History.” The Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing in Britain, 1660–1789. Ed. Catherine IngrassiaCambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015. 135–46.

“Revising the Scottish Plot in Roderick Random.” New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century British Fiction: “Hearts Resolved and Hands Prepared”: Essays in Honor of Jerry C. Beasley. Ed. Christopher Johnson. Newark, DE: U of Delaware P, 2011. 177–200.

“Optics, Gender, and the Eighteenth-Century Gaze: Looking at Eliza Haywood’s Anti-Pamela.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 51.1–2 (Spring/Summer 2010): 27–43.

“‘A Soldier is her Darling Character’: Susanna Centlivre, Desire, Difference, and Disguise.” Journal of Narrative Theory 31.4 (2007): 16–43.

“Representing Modernity in Jane Barker’s Galesia Trilogy: Jacobite Allegory and the Patch-Work Aesthetic.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 38.1 (2005): 55–80.

Current Representative Service

Chair, Scottish Literature Forum, Modern Language Association
Affiliates Coordinator, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Liaison to Other Societies, Defoe Society

Representative Fellowships

ASECS Fellow, The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University
Visiting Fellow, Chawton House Library
Visiting Fellow, Folger Shakespeare Library
John David Fleeman Fellowship, University of St. Andrews

Other Representative Professional Activity

Contributing Editor, The Scriblerian and the Kit-Kats. 2014-

Editorial Board, Digital Defoe. http://digitaldefoe.org/

Participant, “Anglo-Scottish Migration and Integration.” AHRC-funded research network, U of Manchester. 2013–2014. http://www.angloscottishmigration.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/

Ed. with Manushag N. Powell. “Sensational Subjects,” special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 54.2 (Summer 2013).


Faculty photo by Patrick Scott Vickers – 2014

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