Stephanie DeGooyer
  • Stephanie DeGooyer
  • Assistant Professor of English; On Junior Research Leave Fall 2014
  • Eaton 215
  • 503-370-6248
  • 503-370-6944 fax

Stephanie DeGooyer

Stephanie DeGooyer received her Ph.D. in English literature from Cornell University in 2013. Her work and teaching focuses on the literature and philosophy of the long eighteenth century, with special interests in law and literature (especially human rights theory); politics and aesthetics; new formalism; Romanticism; and the history of the novel. She is currently at work on a book, The Sorrows of Anybody: Radical Sympathy and the Eighteenth-Century Novel, which theorizes an intrinsic relation between the exaggerated form of eighteenth-century sentimentality and the politics of radical equality associated with Romanticism. 

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 under advance contract with University of Delaware Press

“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). 

 “Richard Sheridan,” “Frederich Johann Schiller” and “Tobias Smollet,” 501 Great Authors (New York: Barron’s, 2008).


ENGL 353 – The Early Novel
ENGL 458 – The Politics of Literature
ENGL 319 – Sentimental Fiction
ENGL 202 – Literary Theory
ENGL 117 – Romanticism and Revolution