Stephanie Insley Hershinow


Location: VC 7-240
Phone: (646) 312-3910


Stephanie Insley Hershinow is an Assistant Professor of English specializing in 18th Century British literature, and particularly the early novel. She received her BA from the College of William and Mary, her MA from the University of York in the UK, and her PhD from Johns Hopkins. She also spent a year as a Fulbright fellow in the Netherlands, where she studied contemporary Dutch narrative. Professor Hershinow is currently working on a book about inexperience in the18th Century novel. Essays from this project are forthcoming. She is also working on an essay on literary formalism, which grows out of her time as a fellow at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers. In addition to teaching composition (ENG 2100 and 2150), Great Works of Literature (ENG 2800 and 2850), and surveys of British literature (ENG 3010 and 3015), Professor Hershinow teaches various electives in 18th Century studies and literary theory.

Most recent or current research:

My book project focuses on adolescent protagonists in eighteenth-century British novels who resist maturity or development. The collection of novels I study help us to think about the shape of the novel before the Bildungsroman. I’m also working on an essay about current modes of literary formalism.

Subject Matter Expertise (topics):

Eighteenth-century British literature, especially the novel; novel history and theory; literary theory, especially formalism

Degrees (with institution):

BA, College of William and Mary

MA, University of York, UK

Propedeuse, Leiden University, the Netherlands

MA, Johns Hopkins

PhD, Johns Hopkins

Affiliations (boards, organizations):

Member: Modern Language Association, American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, International Society for the Study of Narrative

Most recent publications (articles and/books) or exhibitions:

“When Experience Matters: Tom Jones and ‘Virtue Rewarded’,” forthcoming in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction

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