Susan Staves

Susan StavesProfessor Emerita
PhD, University of Virginia

Research Interests

Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century British Literature, History, and Legal History

Selected Publications

Books in Progress

"Enlightenment Foundations of Anglo-American Rights: Theory, Rhetoric, and Ridicule"

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"A Literary History of Women's Writing in Britain, 1660-1789." 2006, Cambridge University Press.

Elizabeth Griffith, "The Delicate Distress." ed. Cynthia Ricciardi and Susan Staves (Lexington, Ky: University of Kentucky Press, 1997).

"Married Women's Separate Property in England, 1660-1833." (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1990), 290 pp.

"Players' Scepters: Fictions of Authority in the Restoration." (University of Nebraska Press, 1979), 361 pp. Selection reprinted, "Literature Criticism from 1400-1800", vol. 91 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale Group, 2003), pp. 278-92.

"Index to the Prose Writings", Irvin Ehrenpreis, William J. Kunz, Steven Hollander, and Susan Staves, vol. 14 of "The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift", ed. Herbert Davis (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1969).

Articles and Essays

"The Learned Female Soprano," Bluestockings Displayed: Portraiture, Performance, and Patronage, 1730-1830. Ed. Elizabeth Eger and Lucy Peltz. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

"The Puzzle of the Pox-Marked Body." In A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Age of Enlightenment. Ed. Carole Reeves. Oxford: Berg, 2010. Pp. 155-74.

"Women Writers and Women Novelists," forthcoming, "Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature".

"Jeptha's Vow Reconsidered," forthcoming, in "Transformations: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Religion, Texts, Cultures". Ed. Lorna Clymer. University of Toronto Press.

"The Puzzle of the Marked Body," forthcoming, in "The Cultural History of the Body", ed. Tim Hitchcock, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine.

"Tragedy," forthcoming, in "Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Theatre", Cambridge University Press.

"'Books without Which I Cannot Write': How did Eighteenth-Century Women Writers Get the Books they Read?," forthcoming, in "Women and Material Culture", ed. Cora Kaplin and Jennie Batchelor, Palgrave.

"George Lillo," "Richard Sheridan," "Anne Finch," "Susanna Centlivre," forthcoming, in "Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature", ed. David Scott Kasten and Nancy Armstrong.

"'The Abuse of Title Pages': Men Writing as Women," in "A Concise Companion to the Restoration and Eighteenth Century", ed. Cynthia Wall. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005. Pp. 162-82.

"Behn, Women, and Society," in "Cambridge Companion to Aphra Behn", ed. Janet Todd and Derek Hughes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Pp. 12-28.

"'Books Without Which I Cannot Write': How did Eighteenth-Century Women Writers Get the Books they Read?," forthcoming, in "Women and Material Culture", Palgrave.

"Wit, Politics, and Religion: Dryden and Gibbon," in "Enchanted Ground: Reimagining John Dryden", ed. Jayne Lewis and Maximillian E. Novak. Toronto: University of Toronto Press and U.C.L.A. Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2004. Pp. 147-170.

"Women and the Clergy of the Church of England," Huntington Library Quarterly, 65, nos. 1 and 2 (2002): 81-103.

"Terminus a Quo, Terminus ad Quem: Chronological Boundaries in a Literary History," in "Women and Literary History: "For There She Was"," ed. Katherine Binhammer and Jeanne Wood, Newark, Del. and London: University of Delaware Press, 2003. Pp. 92-105.

"Charlotte Forman" and "Judith Cook Turner," in "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

"Judith Drake" and "Salons: England" in "Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment",#4 vols., ed. Alan Charles Kors, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003, 1: 365-66, 4: 10-12.

"Jane Austen. Sense and Sensibility," in "World Literature and its Times: British and Irish Literature – Celtic Migrations to the Reform Bill", ed. Joyce Moss and Lorraine Valestuk (Detroit: Gale Group, 2001), pp. 391-402.

"Investments, Votes, and Bribes: Women Shareholders in the East India Company," in "Women and Political Writing", ed. Hilda Smith (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), pp. 259-78.

"The Construction of the Public Interest in the Debates over Fox's India Bills," in "Prose Studies" 18 (1995): 175-98. Reprinted in "The Intersections of the Public and Private Spheres in Early Modern England", ed. Paula Backscheider and Timothy Dykstal (London: Frank Cass, 1996), 175-98.

"Traces of a Lost Woman," in "Profession" (1995): 36-38.

"English Chattel Property Rules and the Construction of Personal and National Identity," Law and History Review, 12 (1994): 123-53.

"Fielding and the Comedy of Attempted Rape," in "History, Gender, and Eighteenth-Century English Literature", ed. Beth Fowkes Tobin (Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 1994), pp. 86-112.

"French Fire, English Asbestos: Ninon de Lenclos and Elizabeth Griffith," in "Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century" 314 (1993): 193-205.


  • Mellon Emeritus Fellowship (2005)

  • Clark Professor, William Andrews Clark Library and U.C.L.A. (1989-90)

  • Guggenheim Fellow (1981-82)

  • Harvard Fellow in Law and Liberal Arts (1980)

  • American Council of Learned Societies Study Fellow (1980)

  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow (1966-67)

  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow (1963-64)