Graduate Student Profile

Edward Kozaczka

Status: ABD

Contact Information


Biographical Sketch

Currently at USC, Ed Kozaczka's primary research interests are eighteenth-century British literature, gender studies, queer feminism, and imperialism. He earned a B.S.E. in English Education from Mansfield University in 2007 and an M.A. in English from Binghamton University (SUNY) in 2009.

His current project traces a queer-feminist, counterintuitive genealogy of the eighteenth-century British novel, and it establishes an alternative tradition to the imperial model of subjectivity that we now take as axiomatic to the rise of the novel. He has published on Jane Austen, Penelope Aubin, and Edgar Allan Poe, and is currently underway on a study of William Blake's prophetic books. Ed is finishing a scholarly edition of Aubin's novel The Noble Slaves, which will be published at the end of next year, and has started preliminary work on a scholarly edition of Maria Edgeworth's moral tale, Angelina. His next project will examine the relationship between torture and truth in eighteenth-century literary and visual media (from Aphra Behn to Marquis de Sade to Blake), exploring how different genres handled the anatomies of this relationship, and demonstrating the influence "torture-truth" had on Enlightenment understandings of being and experience.

From 2013 to 2014, Ed served as the Associate Editor of the Arab World English Journal, a peer-reviewed, open-access quarterly that publishes work on pedagogy, literature, and translation. He teaches in USC's Writing Program and in the interdisciplinary Thematic Option Honors Program, and at Mansfield University, he teaches advanced composition and literature in the online distance education program. Other schools Ed has taught at include Los Angeles City College, Binghamton University (SUNY), and various high schools in Pennsylvania. 


  • BSE English, Mansfield Univ, 2007
  • MA English, SUNY - Binghamton, 2009

Employment History

  • Instructor, Binghamton University--SUNY, 2008-2009
  • Assistant Lecturer , University of Southern California, 2010 - 2013
  • Instructor, Los Angeles City College, 2011
  • Instructor, Mansfield University, 2013-2014

Conference Presentations

  • "Queer Visions" [roundtable], American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Los Angeles, CA, 3/2015
  • "Professing Queerness in the Straight Classroom" Keynote [with Prof. Andrea Harris], Black Student Union Conference, Mansfield University, PA, 4/2014
  • "Queer Anarchies" [invited speaker], Women's Studies Program, Mansfield University, PA, 3/2014
  • "Elusive Allusions: Self-Inflicted Trauma and Female Sexuality in the 1720's," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Williamsburg, VA, 2014, 3/2014
  • "Queer Mediations," roundtable participant on "Queer Theory and the Eighteenth Century?", American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Williamsburg, VA, 2014, 3/2014
  • Chair, "Penelope Aubin & Her Contemporaries," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver, BC, 3/2011
  • "Reading/Reciting 18th-Century English Verse," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver, BC, 3/2011
  • "Jane Barker's 'Secret': Queer Utopia and Melancholy in Love Intrigues," British Women Writers Conference, Columbus, OH, 3/2011
  • "Counterintuitive Feminism and the Eighteenth-Century Novel," UCSB Early Modern Center Conference: The Future of Literary Studies 1500-1800, Santa Barbara, CA, 3/2011
  • "Cultivating Desire in Penelope Aubin's Lucinda," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Albuquerque, NM, 3/2010
  • "'She learned romance as she grew older--the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning': Queer Temporality, Spatiality, and Memory in Jane Austen's Persuasion." Northeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies [read in my absence], 11/2009
  • "Coetzee, Cixous, and Mr. and Mrs. Cruso: A Postmodern Revision of Robinson Crusoe." The Defoe Society (Second Biennial Meeting), 9/2009
  • "If You Try Sometimes You Just Might Find: Queer Rhetorics and the Common-Syllabus Course." SUNY Council on Writing , 4/2009
  • Chair, "“Queer Positionality and Knowledge.” Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: Graduate Conference on Nineteenth-Century Transatlanticism, Binghamton University, NY, 11/2008
  • "Lacan, Locus, and Liminality: Language as Space and Onomastic Resistance in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe." Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 10/2008
  • "Homoerotic Hamartia: A Queer Analysis of Shakespeare's Coriolanus." Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies (Graduate Conference), 11/2007


  • Book
    Kozaczka, E. J. (Editor). Penelope Aubin's The Noble Slaves. New York: Anthem Press [forthcoming 2016].
    Book Review
    Kozaczka, E. J. (2013). Rev. of Roxana by Daniel Defoe. Ed. Melissa Mowry. The Eighteenth-Century Novel.
    Kozaczka, E. J. (2013). Rev. of The Man Himself--A Life of Jonathan Swift by John Martin. The Eighteenth-Century Novel.
    Kozaczka, E. J. (2013). Rev. of A Known Scribbler: Frances Burney on Literary Life by Justine Crump. The Eighteenth-Century Novel.
    Kozaczka, E. J. (2011). "Another Ride on Tristram's Hobby-Horse." Rev. of Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy: A Casebook by Thomas Keymer and Tristram Shandy, Gentleman edited by Ian Campbell Ross. Eighteenth-Century Studies. click here to read article
    Journal Article
    Kozaczka, E. J. (2012). "Penelope Aubin and Narratives of Empire". Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Vol. 25 (1) click here to read article
    Kozaczka, E. J. (2011). "Death as Truth in Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue". The Edgar Allan Poe Review. Vol. 12 (1)
    Kozaczka, E. J. (2009). "Queer Temporality, Spatiality, and Memory in Jane Austen's Persuasion". Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line. Vol. 30 (1)

Teaching and Advisement

Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

  • Mentor, Individual Mentoring Program Assisting College Transition (IMPACT)--Mansfield University, 2013-2014  
  • Mentor, People Around the World Sharing (PAWS)--Mansfield University, 2013-2014   

Honors and Awards

  • Chawton House Visiting Fellow (declined), 2012-2013   
  • Gold Family Fellowship, 2012-2013   
  • Aerol Arnold Scholarship for The Noble Slaves edition, USC, Fall 2011   
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies--Women's Caucus Catharine Macaulay Award, 2010-2011   
  • Honorable Mention, Ford Diversity Program, 2010-2011   
  • University Fellowship, USC, 2009-2010   
  • MacKellar Research Award, USC, Spring 2010   

Service to the University


  • Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, Spring 2012   
  • Member, Search committee for eighteenth-century Visiting Professor Position--Binghamton University (SUNY), Spring 2009   

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Associate Editor, Arab World English Journal, 2013-2014   

Professional Memberships

  • Arab Society of English Language Studies, 2013-  
  • British Women Writers Association, 2011-  
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2007-  
  • Modern Language Association, 2007-  

Reviewer for Publication

  • Journal of Popular Romance Studies, Referee , 05/06/2013-  



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