COVID-19: Essential Information

Elizabeth Napier

Professor Emerita of English and American Literatures

Elizabeth Napier has been teaching in the Department of English and American Literatures at Middlebury College since 1978.   Her research and writing focus on eighteenth-century English literature, with a special emphasis on the novel, and on literary translation, with a particular interest in the writings of painter-poets.  She teaches mainly in the areas of eighteenth-century literature and the novel.

Professor Napier received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Selected Publications

Writing the Poetry of Place in Eighteenth-Century Britain.  Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature.  Routledge, 2023 (in press).

Entries on Mary Collyer, Felicia to Charlotte (1744-49); Collyer (?), The History of Betty Barnes (1753); Collyer (?), The History of Miss Indiana Danby (1756-7); Anonymous, Eliza: Or, The History of Miss Granville (1763); Anonymous, The History of Miss Pamela Howard (1773); Anonymous, Seymour Castle (1789); Mr. Nicholson, The Solitary Castle (1789); Anonymous, The Modern Miniature (1792).  The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, edited by April London, Cambridge UP, forthcoming. 

Trans. & introd.  Sounds, by Wassily Kandinsky. Yale UP, 1981; revised edition, 2019.

Defoe’s Major Fiction: Accounting for the Self.  U of Delaware P, 2016.  (Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” and “Community College Top 75” awards); paperback edition, 2019.

 Falling Into Matter: Problems of Embodiment in English Fiction from Defoe to Shelley. U of Toronto P, 2012.

"The Grapes of Wrath: Steinbeck's Pilgrim's Progress."  Steinbeck Review, vol. 7, no. 1, Spring, 2010, pp. 51-56.

“’Raining Cats and Dogs’: Swift’s ‘A Description of a City Shower’.” Explicator, vol. 65, no. 4, 2007, pp. 208-11.

F.T. Marinetti: Selected Poems and Related Prose, translated by Elizabeth R. Napier and Barbara R. Studholme, selected by Luce Marinetti, with an essay by Paolo Valesio.  Yale UP, 2002.

The Failure of Gothic: Problems of Disjunction in an Eighteenth-century Literary Form.  Clarendon P, 1987.

"Mary Collyer."  British Novelists 1660-1800, vol. 1, edited by Martin C. Battestin.

Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 39, BC Research, 1985, pp. 113-16.

"Elizabeth Griffith." British Novelists 1660-1800, vol. 1, edited by Martin C. Battestin.

Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 39, BC Research, 1985, pp. 247-51.

"Elizabeth Inchbald." British Novelists 1660-1800, vol. 1, edited by Martin C. Battestin.  Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 39, BC Research, 1985, pp. 274-80.

"Harriet Lee; Sophia Lee."  British Novelists 1660-1800, vol. 1, edited by Martin C. Battestin.  Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 39, BC Research, 1985, pp. 301-06.

"Matthew Gregory Lewis."  British Novelists 1660-1800, vol. 1, edited by Martin C. Battestin. Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 39, BC Research, 1985, pp. 313-23.

"Ann Radcliffe." British Novelists 1660-1800, vol. 2, edited by Martin C. Battestin, Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 39, BC Research, 1985, pp. 37-46.

"Clara Reeve." British Novelists 1660-1800,vol. 2, edited by Martin C. Battestin.  Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 39, BC Research, 1985, pp. 46-51.

"Elizabeth Rowe." British Novelists 1660-1800, vol. 2, edited by Martin C. Battestin.  Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 39, BC Research, 1985, pp. 409-13.

"Sarah Scott."  British Novelists 1660-1800, vol. 2, edited by Martin C. Battestin.  Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 39, BC Research, 1985, pp. 413-18.

"Charlotte Smith."  British Novelists 1660-1800, vol. 2, edited by Martin C. Battestin.  Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 39, BC Research, 1985, pp. 433-40.

"Horace Walpole."  British Novelists 1660-1800, vol. 2, edited by Martin C. Battestin. Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 39, BC Research, 1985, pp. 525-42.

"The Problem of Boundaries in Wuthering Heights." Philological Quarterly, vol. 63, 1984, pp. 95-107.  Rpt. (in part) in Major Literary Characters: Heathcliff, edited by Harold Bloom, Chelsea House, 1993, pp. 48-50.

"Swift, Kaempfer, and Psalmanaazaar: Further Remarks on 'Trampling upon the Crucifix'." Notes and Queries, vol. 226, l98l, p. 226.

"Objects and Order in Robinson Crusoe."  The South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 80, 1981, pp. 84-94.

"Swift's 'Trampling upon the Crucifix': A Parallel." Notes and Queries, vol. 224, l979, pp. 544-48.

"Aylmer as 'Scheidekünstler': The Problem of Union and Separation in Hawthorne's 'The Birthmark.'" South Atlantic Bulletin, vol. 41, 1976, pp.32-35.

"'Tremble and Reform': The Inversion of Power in Richardson's Clarissa." ELH, vol. 42, 1975, pp. 214-23.


Selected Awards

Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, 2017
Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in English, Harvard University, 1983-84
Grant from Penrose Fund, American Philosophical Society, 1983-84
NEH Summer Stipend, 1983
NEH Summer Seminar, Yale University, 1979

 

Courses

Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]

CRWR 0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
Approval Required.

Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

More Information »

CRWR 0701 - Senior Thesis:Creative Writing      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking one-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

More Information »

ENAM 0103 - Reading Literature      

Reading Literature
Please refer to each section for specific course descriptions. CW LIT

Fall 2018

More Information »

ENAM 0204 - Foundations of English Lit.      

Foundations of English Literature (Pre-1800)
Students will study Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Milton's Paradise Lost, as well as other foundational works of English literature that may include Shakespeare, non-Shakespearean Elizabethan drama, the poetry of Donne, and other 16th- and 17th-century poetry. 3 hrs. lect./disc. EUR LIT

Fall 2018

More Information »

ENAM 0208 - Literary Landscapes, 1700-1900      

English Literary Landscapes, 1700-1900 (II) (Pre-1800)
In this course we will examine literary and related works that take as their focus the natural world and man's relationship to it. We will consider transformations of taste in representations of landscape in England in the 18th and 19th centuries. Works to be discussed will include poems, gardening tracts, philosophical treatises, notebooks, letters, travel accounts, natural histories, and novels. Pope, Crabbe, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Clare, Hopkins, and Hardy will be central figures in this course. EUR LIT

Spring 2019

More Information »

ENAM 0219 - English Romantic Novel      

English Romantic Novel, 1764-1847 (Pre-1800)
In this course we will examine novels written in England at the turn of the eighteenth century. Romantic in sensibility, these works are far from romantic in content, preoccupied with quite the opposite of amour: pride, revenge, incest, lascivious monks, transgressive scientists, and religious fanaticism. Each of these novels explores questions of identity, religion, sexuality, science, and landscape in innovative ways, experimenting with organizational and narrative strategies that challenge prevailing views of novelistic form. We will read three Gothic novels (The Castle of Otranto, The Mysteries of Udolpho, and The Monk) and one anti-Gothic work, ,Northanger Abbey, as well as Frankenstein, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, and Wuthering Heights. LIT

Fall 2019

More Information »

ENAM 0225 - Eighteenth-Century Literature      

Commerce of the World-Century Literature (Pre-1800)
British society, politics, and culture shifted dramatically over the course of the eighteenth century in response to the ascendance of an empowered mercantile bourgeoisie, an expanding empire, and the intensification of its investments in the transatlantic slave trade. In this course we will explore how writers and thinkers grappled with these economic, social, and political transformations at the levels of narrative, form, and genre by reading novels, plays, poems, and essays by Aphra Behn, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Susanna Centlivre, Laurence Sterne, Olaudah Equiano, and others. 3 hrs. lect./disc. EUR LIT

Fall 2019

More Information »

ENAM 0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
Approval Required.

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022

More Information »

ENAM 0700 - Senior Thesis:Critical Writing      

Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking one-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the Senior Thesis Workshop (ENAM 700Z) in either Fall or Spring Term.

Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021

More Information »

FYSE 1538 - Literary Places      

Literary Places
In this seminar we will explore representations of place in essays, short stories, and novels. Among the questions we will consider are how does one define a "place"? Is there such a thing, as a "non-place"? How and why does one develop and demonstrate loyalty to a particular place or region? How does place help to define self? We will address such questions in the context of The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston, essays by Wendell Berry, and novels by Oscar Wilde and Alain Robbe-Grillet. The seminar will conclude with a section on walking (place in motion), with a look at Cheryl Strayed's Wild and Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. Students will discuss writing and develop skills of oral and written literary analysis. CW LIT

Spring 2019

More Information »

LITS 0500 - Independent Research Project      

Independent Research Project
(Approval Required) (Staff)

Fall 2018

More Information »

Department of English & American Literatures