Stephanie DeGooyer

Assistant Professor of English

Stephanie DeGooyer received her Ph.D. in English literature from Cornell University in 2013. Her work focuses on the intersections of law, politics and aesthetics in the long eighteenth century. She is currently working on a book project called Acts of Naturalization: Immigration and the Early Novel, which establishes an important connection between eighteenth-century legal theories of naturalization and the development of formal techniques to introduce new subjects in the novel. Most recently, she completed an article on the politics of national borders in Adam Smith and the sentimental novel for ELH. She is also co-author of The Right to Have Rights with Alastair Hunt, Lida Maxwell and Samuel Moyn (forthcoming from Verso Books in January 2018). Her teaching at Willamette University covers survey courses on Eighteenth-Century British literature, as well as more specialized courses on Realism, Empire, Literary and Critical Theory, and Laurence Sterne.

Selected Publications

“‘The Eyes of Other People’: Adam Smith’s Triangular Sympathy and the Sentimental Novel,” forthcoming in ELH
 
The Right to Have Rights (with Alastair Hunt, Lida Maxwell and Samuel Moyn) (forthcoming Verso Books, Jan 2018)
 
 “The Poetics of the Passport in A Sentimental Journey,” Sterne, Tristram, Yorick: Tercentenary Essays on Laurence Sterne, ed Melvyn New and Judith Hawley (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2015): 201-218. 
 
“Democracy, Give or Take?” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 5.1 (2014): 93-110.
 
“A Monster’s Right to Have Rights,” Frankenstein: The Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle (New York: New York Public Library, 2012)