Rachel Gevlin

Rachel Gevlin, PhD

Assistant Professor

Hibbs Hall, 900 Park Ave., Room 324A

18th Century



  • PhD in English, Duke University
  • MA in English, Duke University
  • BA in Literature and Mathematics, Bennington College

Research Interests

  • Eighteenth-Century Literature and Romanticism
  • The history of the novel and novel theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Legal histories of marriage and divorce


  • ENGL606: Literary Criticism
  • ENGL480: Jane Austen
  • ENGL332: Eighteenth-Century Novels and Narratives
  • ENGL331: Restoration and 18th-century British Literature
  • ENGL311: Introduction to Literary Theory
  • ENGL236/WSGS236: Women in Literature
  • ENGL 215: Reading Literature (The Literature of Memory)

Select Publications

  • (Forthcoming) “Jane Austen: Protofeminist, Postfeminist, Bad Feminist,” Persuasions, 2024
  • (Forthcoming) “Eighteenth-Century Proud Boys, or, Why Sir Charles Grandison is (a) No Wanker,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Special issue on “Refusing Eighteenth-Century Fictions,” April 2024.
  • “Adulterous Austen: Educating the Rake in Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park,” ELH 87 (4), 2020, 1055-1078.


  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Jane Austen Society of North America


  • Huntington Library Travel Grant, 2023-24, in support of research at the Parliamentary Archives in London
  • Jane Austen Scholar-in-Residence, Goucher College, Summer 2023
  • Mayers Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2020-21 (Short-term fellowship)


“What Novels Can Tell Us About Gendered Responses to Adultery,” The Academic Minute, August 2022