Emily Anderson

Associate Professor of English

Contact Information
E-mail: ehanders@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-3744
Office: THH 402J


Biographical Sketch

I am Associate Professor in the English Department at USC, where I have been very happily employed since earning my Ph.D. in English from Yale University in 2004.  My area of specialty is eighteenth-century British literature and culture, and within this rubric I work on a range of topics: the eighteenth-century novel, drama, and the connections between them; actors, actresses, playwrights, and the emergent celebrity culture of eighteenth-century theater; and the impact of theatrical performance on debates about personal identity, literary and cultural memory, and the fact / fiction divide. I teach courses for the Thematic Option Program and within the English department on topics including the rise of the novel, eighteenth-century drama, Jane Austen and eighteenth-century women writers, recognition scenes in literature, and Shakespearean forgeries and adaptations.



  • A.B. , Dartmouth College
  • Ph.D. , Yale University, 12/2004

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 05/01/2010-  
    • Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 08/15/2004-05/01/2010  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    My first book, Eighteenth-Century Authorship and the Play of Fiction (Routledge 2009), considered connections between the novel and drama through a focus on women writers who were simultaneously novelists and playwrights. At stake for me in this work was a better understanding of the intersections that existed between these literary genres, as well as a better understanding of the professional and artistic limitations faced by eighteenth-century authors; the authorial response to such limitations; and the authorial aspirations evident in, and literary impact of, this response. My current project, tentatively titled The Eighteenth-Century Shakespeare: Memory and Canon Formation, builds on this work by investigating how and why eighteenth-century authors and actors used Shakespeare to theorize how they, or their subject matter, would be remembered. This research illuminates specific aspects of the eighteenth-century response to Shakespeare; it also connects with my broader interest in what motivates us, as writers, thinkers, or scholars, to return to artistic or literary models from the past, and how these choices respond to anxieties about personal or literary obsolescence.
    Research Specialties
    18th century British literature, 18th-c novel, restoration and 18th-c drama, women writers, theater history and performance studies, genre, theories of authorship



    Book Chapter
    • Anderson, E. H. (2013). Aphra Behn and the Problem of Teaching Novelty. Approaches to Teaching Oroonoko pp. 181-186. NY: NY: MLA. Link to publication on MLA website
    • Anderson, E. H. (2010). She Stoops to Stratagem: A Comparative Approach to Eighteenth-Century Comedy, in Approaches to Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. (Vol. December 2010). New York: MLA. MLA Bookstore

    Book Review
    • Anderson, E. H. (2014). Review of Susan Campbell's _Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker_. Times Literary Supplement.
    • Anderson, E. H. (2013). "Female Models": Review of Caroline Franklin's *The Female Romantics* and Brenda Weber's *Women and Literary Celebrity in the Nineteenth Century*. Times Literary Supplement.
    • Anderson, E. H. (2012). "Protestantism and Its Discontents," Review of Allison Conway's _The Protestant Whore: Courtesan Narrative and Religious Controversy in England, 1680-1750_. Novel: A Forum on Fiction / Duke UP. pp. 111-115.
    • Anderson, E. H. (2011). "Further Letters of Joanna Baillie". Review 19. Review 19: An Online Review of New Books on English and American Literature of of the 19th Century
    • Anderson, E. H. (2011). "Finding the Plot," Review of Jesse Molesworth's _Chance and the Eighteenth-Century Novel_. Times Literary Supplement.
    • Anderson, E. H. (2011). Toni Bowers's _Force or Fraud?: British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660-1760_. Times Literary Supplement.
    • Anderson, E. H. (2011). "Theatrical Women," Review of Nora Nachumi's Acting Like a Lady: British Women Novelists and the Eighteenth-Century Theater". The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. Theatrical Women
    • Anderson, E. H. (2011). Children's Fiction, 1765-1808; ed. Anne Markey. Times Literary Supplement.
    • Anderson, E. H. (2010). Who were the Bluestockings?. Times Literary Supplement. The Sunday Times
    • Anderson, E. H. (2006). Review of Betty Schellenberg's _The Professionalization of Women Writers in Eighteenth-Century Britain_. Huntington Library Quarterly/Huntington Library. pp. 685-90.

    Journal Article
    • Anderson, E. H. (2013). Why We Do (Or Don't) Argue About the Way We Read. The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. Vol. 54 (1), pp. 125-128.
    • Anderson, E. H. (2013). "Self-Citations in Maria Edgeworth's _Helen_". Studies in English Literature. Vol. 52.4 (Autumn 2012), pp. 797-818.
    • Anderson, E. H. (2011). "Celebrity Shylock". PMLA. Vol. 126.4 (October 2011), pp. 935-949.
    • Anderson, E. H. (2011). Teaching the Teachings of the Stage: A Graduate Seminar in Restoration to Romantic Drama. Romantic Circles: Pedagogy Commons. Teaching the Teachings of the Stage
    • Anderson, E. H. (2010). A Shakespearean Character on the 18th-c Stage: Recognizing Perdita. Literature Compass / Wiley-Blackwell. Vol. 7.4 (2010), pp. 266-280. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123338360/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0
    • Anderson, E. H. (2009). Autobiographical Interpolations in Maria Edgeworth's Harrington. ELH / Johns Hopkins University Press. Vol. 76.1 (Spring 2009), pp. 1-18.
    • Anderson, E. H. (2007). Novelty in Novels: A Look at What's New in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko. Studies in the Novel/University of North Texas UP. Vol. 39.1 (Spring 2007), pp. 1-16.
    • Anderson, E. H. (2006). Revising Theatrical Conventions in A Simple Story: Elizabeth Inchbald's Ambiguous Performance. Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies/Florida State UP. Vol. 6.1(2006), pp. 5-30.
    • Anderson, E. H. (2005). Staged Insensibility in Burney's Cecilia, Camilla, and The Wanderer: How a Playwright Writes Novels. Eighteenth-Century Fiction/McMaster University. Vol. 17.4 (July 2005), pp. 629-48.
    • Anderson, E. H. (2005). Performing the Passions in Eliza Haywood's Fantomina and Miss Betsy Thoughtless. The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation/Texas Tech UP. Vol. 46.1 (Summer 2005), pp. 1-15.

    Honors and Awards

    • Summer Faculty Fellowship, USC Early Modern Studies Institute, 6/1/2014-8/31/2014  
    • USC Provost's Award for Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2012-2013   
    • USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 2009-2010   
    • USC Provost's Award for Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2007-2008  
    • USC Parents' Association Teaching and Mentoring Award, Fall 2007   
    • British Academy Travel Grant, 2005  
    • Huntington Library Research Fellowship Recipient, Mellon Match Fellow, 2005  
    • USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, General Education Teaching Award, Category V, Spring 2005   
    • Hemlow Prize for best new scholarship on Frances Burney, Burney Society, 2004  
    • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanitistic Studies, 1999-2000  

    Service to the University

    Administrative Appointments
    • Director of Graduate Studies, 2013-2014   
    • Job Placement Officer, English Department, 2013-2014   
    • Director of Graduate Studies, English Department, 2012-2013   

    Service to the Profession

    Conferences Organized
    • Organizer, Long 18th-Century Seminar at the Huntington, Huntington Library, In cooperation with Felicity Nussbaum at UCLA, and under the auspices of the USC Early Modern Studies Institute, I run a year-long seminar in eighteenth-century studies at the Huntington Library. For more information, see https://dornsife.usc.edu/emsi/long-18th-century-2013/, 2006-  

    Professional Memberships
    • American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2000-  
    • Modern Language Association, 2000-  

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