JoEllen DeLucia, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor of English



JoEllen DeLucia received her Ph.D. in English from Indiana University in 2007. Before coming to CMU, she was an assistant professor at John Jay, CUNY. Her research interests include eighteenth-century literature, women’s writing, Scottish studies, and moral philosophy. Her work has been published in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature and The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. She has also won short-terms fellowships to support her research from The Huntington Library, The Chawton House Library, and the NEH. Currently, she is finishing a book manuscript entitled A Feminine Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century British Women Writers and the Progress of Feeling, 1759-1820, which explores gendered narratives of commercial and social progress in Enlightenment philosophy and literature.
She enjoys teaching courses on eighteenth-century anglophone literature, British romanticism, and women’s writing. 

Selected Publications

“A Delicate Debate: Mary Wollstonecraft, the Bluestockings, and the Progress of
Women.” In Eds., Michael J. Meyer and Enit K. Steiner, Dialogues on Mary
Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, (forthcoming, New York and
Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013).

“Local Poetry in the Midlands: Francis Mundy’s Needwood Forest and Anna Seward’s Lichfield
Poems.” In Eds. Evan Gottlieb and Juliet Shields, Representing Place in British
Literature and Culture, 1660-1830, (UK: Ashgate, 2013). 

“From the Female Gothic to a Feminist Theory of History: Ann Radcliffe and the
Scottish Enlightenment.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 50.
1 (2009). (in a special issue entitled The Future of Feminist Theory)

“‘Far Other Times Are These’: The Bluestockings in the Time of Ossian.” Tulsa Studies in
 Women’s Literature, 27.1 (Spring 2008): 39-62.