Department of English

University of Toronto

Lynch, Deidre Shauna

Deidre Shauna LynchDeidre Shauna Lynch 
Chancellor Jackman Professor, Professor of English; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor.
Office Phone: 416-978-0384
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 926
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: On Leave July 1, 2014- June 30, 2015

B. A. Hons., University of British Columbia A.M., Ph. D. Stanford University

A graduate of the University of British Columbia and Stanford University,
Deidre Shauna Lynch is Chancellor Jackman Professor and professor of English, as well as affiliate faculty with the Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture. With the support of research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center (in the United States), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (University of Edinburgh), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Lynch has published widely on the literature and culture of eighteenth-century and romantic-period Britain, on the history of women’s writing, on the theory and history of the novel, on the history of reading, and on Enlightenment dialogues between fiction and moral philosophy. Her first book The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture and the Business of Inner Meaning won the Modern Language Association Prize for a First Book in 1999 and was the subject of a symposium at Stanford University’s Center for the Study of the Novel. Other books include (as editor or co-editor) Cultural Institutions of the Novel (Duke University Press), Janeites: Austen’s Disciples and Devotees (Princeton University Press), the Oxford World’s Classics edition of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, the Norton Critical Edition of Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and the Romantic Period volume of The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Her edition of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park will be published by Harvard University Press in 2014.  Also forthcoming at the end of 2014 from the University of Chicago Press is Loving Literature: A Cultural History , a study that engages the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century prehistory of English studies in order to give a new account of the state of the discipline and of the state of our literary affections. In connection with that study she is also active as a partner and part of the governance of the SSHRC-supported, University of Manitoba-based The Affect Project: Memory, Aesthetics, and Ethics.  Professor Lynch's other current projects include a book of essays with the working title Jane Austen in Time and Cut and Paste: The Book Unbound in the Long Eighteenth Century. 


The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1998.

Co-editor, The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Vol. D. The Romantic Period. 9th edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2012.  

Editor, Mary Wollstonecraft’s ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.’: A Norton Critical Edition. 3rd edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2009.   

Editor, Janeites: Austen’s Disciples and Devotees. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000. 

Co-editor, Cultural Institutions of the Novel. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1996.  

Selected Articles
" 'A genius for foretelling': Augustan Austen and Future Fiction," in Uses of Austen: Jane's Afterlives, ed. Gillian Dow and Clare Hanson (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 19-36.

"The Shandean Lifetime Reading Plan.” In The Work of Genre: Selected Essays from the English Institute, ed. Robyn Warhol. Cambridge, MA: English Institute in collaboration with the American Council of Learned Societies, 2011.

“ ‘Young ladies are delicate plants': Jane Austen and Greenhouse Romanticism." ELH 77, 3 (Fall 2010): 689-729. 

"On Going Steady with Novels." The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 50, 2-3 (2009): 89--101.   

“Canons' Clockwork, Novels for Everyday Use." In Bookish Histories: Books, Literature, and Commercial Modernity, 1700-1900, ed. Ina Ferris and Paul Keen. Basinsgstoke: Palgrave Press, 2009. Pp. 87-110.

"Austen Extended/ Austen for Everyday Use." In Imagining Selves: Essays in Honor of Patricia Meyer Spacks, ed. Elise Lauterbach and Rivka Swenson. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2009. Pp. 235-65.

"Transformations of the novel--I." In The New Cambridge History of English Literature: The Romantic Period, ed. James Chandler. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Pp. 451-72.

“Early Gothic novels and the belief in fiction.” In The Oxford History of the Novel in English, ed. Peter Garside and Karen O’ Brien. Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).


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