Department of English

University of Toronto

Percy, Carol

Carol Percy ImageCarol E. Percy

Professor of English; Associate Director, MA Program;

Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTSG)

Office Phone: 416-978-4287

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 732

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Office Hours and/or Leave Status: By appointment: please email me a list of three blocks of time that work for you, and I will choose the first time that works for me.


B.A., M.A. (Toronto), D.Phil. (Oxford)

Teaching and Research InterestsHistory of the English Language (esp. Early Modern); Restoration & 18th-Century Literature.

Biography: I teach courses in both English language (history & diaspora) and literature (18th-century), reflecting my research on eighteenth-century language and education. While my earliest work used Captain James Cook's language to explore the connections between editorial corrections and grammatical prescription, I am at work on an interdisciplinary monograph surveying the cultural origins, functions, and effects of normative linguistics. My work on the investment in prescriptivism of authors, editors, publishers, book reviewers, educators, King George III, and of course grammarians has appeared in journals including Age of Johnson, English Language and Linguistics, and Women's Writing, and in such essay collections as Educating the Child in Enlightenment Britain: Beliefs, Cultures, Practices (Ashgate, 2009), Eighteenth-century English: Ideology and Change (Cambridge UP, 2010), and The Oxford Handbook of the History of English (2012). Reflecting my role in the organization of a 2009 Toronto conference on prescriptivism and patriotism, I am also the co-editor of Languages of Nation: Attitudes and Norms (Multilingual Matters, 2012). For a full list of publications, please see my personal website.

current Research

Cultural history of the English language in the eighteenth century: studies of women linguists and of book reviews.

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