Eleanor F. Shevlin

Eleanor F. Shevlin

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  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park


  • British Literature and Culture in the 18th-Century
  • History of the Book/Print Culture Studies
  • Postcolonial Fiction
  • Genre Theory
  • The "Novel"
  • Fiction and Law
  • Technology and Digital Culture
  • The Institutional History of English as a Discipline

Selected Grants and Fellowships

  • Pennsylvania Alliance for Design of Open Textbooks (PA-ADOPT), part of multi-PASSHE grant conceived, compiled, and submitted by Dr. Nicole Bennett;  I wrote copyediting section on training and supervising of paid graduate students and awarded $39,600 each yr. for 2 yrs., 2021-2023; grant extended through 2024.
  • WCU Summer Undergraduate Research Institute, Faculty Mentor, Summer 2014-2016, 2019.
    Zoey Mills, Theresa Kelly, Frederikia Wilson, Chris Sassaris.
  • WCU Word Works. College of Arts & Sciences 2014-2015 Entrepreneurial Grant, August 2014.
  • NEA Big Read Grant for Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, 2013. Co-recipient with Kuhio Walters.
  • Kluge Fellowship, The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 2005-2006.
  • NEH Summer Stipend, 2005.
  • Pantzer Fellowship, The Bibliographical Society of America, 2003.
  • The Bibliographical Society (Great Britain), 2002-03.
  • Gwin J. and Ruth Kolb Research Travel Fellowship, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2003.
  • College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Support and Development Award, West Chester University, Fall 2002.
  • Faculty Fellowship, Penn Humanities Forum ("The Book"), University of Pennsylvania, 2002-2003.
  • New Faculty Development Grant, West Chester University, 2002-2003.
  • Co-Authored Instructional Improvement Grants for Print Culture courses and Writing Across the Curriculum projects, 1998-2000. (Awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park.)

Selected Publications

Article. [Gibbes, Phebe], The Woman of Fashion: Or, the History of Lady Diana Dormer. In Two Volumes in The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Ed. April London.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, (solicited, forthcoming 2019).

Article. Turner, Daniel, The Fashionable Daughter. Being a Narrative of True and Recent Facts. By an Impartial Hand. In Four Parts in The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Ed. April London.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, (solicited, forthcoming 2019).

“When Novels and Newspapers Were New Media: The Strange and Familiar in the Eighteenth-Century Cultural Marketplace.” The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer, 31.2 (October 2017): 1-10.

“END: Early Novels Database.” The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer, n.s. 30.1 (March 2016): 16-19.

Co-editor, Age of Johnson, Special Forum on Electronic Resources and the Future of Eighteenth-Century Studies (introduction, five essays), Age of Johnson. vol. 21 (2012), pp. 255-338.

The History of the Book in the West: A Library of Critical Essays (Vol. III, 1700-1800). Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2010. (Editor, compiler, introducer.)

"Legal Discourse and Novelistic Form" in The Cambridge History of the English Novel, Eds. Robert L. Caserio and Clement Hawes, Cambridge and NY: Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 46-62.

"The Center for the Book and the History of the Book." Libraries and the Cultural Record 45.1 (January 2010): 56-69. Co-authored with Eric Lindquist.

"Exploring Context and Canonicity: Lessons from the ECCO and EEBO Databases." The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer 23.3 (Fall/Winter 2009): 4-13.

"The Warwick Lane Network and the Refashioning of 'Atalantis' as a Titular Keyword: Print and Politics in the Age of Queen Anne." Solicited chapter in Producing the Eighteenth-Century Book: Writers and Publishers in England, 1650-1800. Eds. Laura Runge and Pat Rogers. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 163-92.

Agent of Change: Print Culture Studies after Elizabeth L. Eisenstein. Amherst, MA & Washington, DC: University of Massachusetts Press and the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, 2007. Co-edited with Sabrina Alcorn Baron and Eric N. Lindquist. Includes "A Conversation with Elizabeth L. Eisenstein" (Interview), by Baron, Lindquist, and Shevlin (409-420).

"The Titular Claims of Female Surnames in Eighteenth-Century Fiction." Solicited chapter in Women, Property, and the Letters of the Law, eds. Andrew Buck, Margaret Ferguson, and Nancy Wright. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004: 256-278.

"'To Reconcile Book and Title, and Make 'em Kin to One Another': The Evolution of the Title's Contractual Functions." Book History 2 (1999): 42-77.

"The Plots of Early English Novels: Narrative Mappings Rooted in Land and Law." Eighteenth-Century Fiction 11.4 (July 1999): 379-402.

"'Imaginary Productions' and 'Minute Contrivances': Law, Fiction, and Property in Eighteenth-Century England." Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 28 (1999): 131-154.

"The English Short Title Catalogue: Past, Present and Future: A Report on the January 21, 1998 Conference." The East-Central Intelligencer 12.1-2 (April 1998): 10-14.

"Cartographic Refrains and Postcolonial Terrains: Mariama Bâ's Scarlet Song." Modern Fiction Studies 43.4 (Winter 1997): 933-962.

"The Title As a Teaching Tool." SHARP News 6.2 (Spring 1997): 2-4.

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