Schorb’s work explores the intersections of print culture and self-making in the Americas across the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her book, Reading Prisoners: Literature, Literacy, and the Transformation of American Punishment, 1700–1845 (Rutgers UP, 2014), demonstrates the emergence of the prisoner as writer and merges the history of the US prison, literacy, and print. She is currently at work on a book that argues the connections between early life writing and emerging sexual epistemologies.
She is affiliate faculty in the Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Research and Convener of the Mellon Intersections Group on Mass Incarcerations through the Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere. She is an active member of the Society of Early Americanists and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Schorb was awarded Professor of the Year for Graduate Students from the Graduate Student Council (2013) and Teacher of the Year from CLAS (2011).
Recent publications include “Captivity Recast,” in Blackwell Companion to American Literature (2018); the scholarly introduction to Herman Mann’s The Female Review, “Mann Seeking Woman” for the Just Teach One Project, in Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life (2016); and “Hard-Hearted Women: Sentiment and the Scaffold,” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers (2011). Reviews of her work have appeared in American Studies, American Literary History, Journal of American History, and elsewhere. She has served as outside reviewer for GLQ, William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of the History of Sexuality, and the Journal of Lesbian Studies.
Prospective graduate students may be interested in sample recent seminars, including “The Carceral Imaginary: Prison History, Literature, Theory” (Spring 2019); “Sexing the Past”: Theory and History of Early Modern Gender and Sexuality (Spring 2018); “Corporeal Sensorium”: Affect, Taste, and Aesthetic Feeling in Early American Literature (Spring 2016); and “Life Writing and Self-Making in American Literature to 1820” (Spring 2013); archived course descriptions are available on the Department of English’s “Courses” page.
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