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Arizona State University
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British, American, eighteenth, nineteenth, Romantic, Victorian, literature, history, literary, feminist, feminism, women, reception, class, gender, aging, old age, children, historiography, writing, authorship, books, theory, generations, pedagogy, teaching, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Jane Porter, Anna Maria Porter, Frances Burney, Hester Piozzi, theatre, poetry, novel, fiction, prose, drama, adaptation
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About Me

Devoney Looser (pronounced DEV-oh-nee LOE-sir) is the author of The Making of Jane Austen, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book (Nonfiction). She is Professor of English at Arizona State University and author or editor of six other books on women and literary history. Her recent writing has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times, Salon, The TLS, and Entertainment Weekly, and she’s had the pleasure of talking about Austen on CNN. She was named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in support of her next book project on the once-celebrated, now-forgotten sister-authors, Jane and Anna Maria Porter, pioneers in developing the historical novel.

Recent Publications

The Making of Jane Austen. Johns Hopkins UP, 2017. 304 pages.

Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 17501850. Johns Hopkins UP, 2008.

British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 16701820. Johns Hopkins UP, 2000; 2005.

Jane West’s A Gossip’s Story (1796) (edited with Melinda O’Connell and Caitlin Kelly), Valancourt Books, 2015.

Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing in the Romantic Period (editor), Cambridge UP, 2015.

Five Jane Austen Books to Read in Honor of the 200th Anniversary of Her Death,” PBS News Hour (21 July 2017).

What Does Jane Austen Mean to You” (symposium) TLS (19 July 2017).

The Alternative Jane Austen” (interview) (18 July 2017).

Fifty Shades of Mr. Darcy,” Salon (16 July 2017).

Jane Austen Wasn’t Shy,” The New York Times (15 July 2017).

Cutting-Edge Austen: Whatever Her Persuasion,” TLS (20 Jan 2017): 3–4. (Cover Story)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
England, United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Gender, Higher Ed, Libraries & Archives, Material Culture, Women