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Carrie D Shanafelt

Assistant Professor

Carrie Shanafelt specializes in British and American literature of the long eighteenth century. Her dissertation, Common Sense: The Rise of Narrative in the Age of Self-Evidence, examines the rhetorical use of fictional narratives in eighteenth-century British philosophy and early novels. Carrie has taught various courses on seventeenth- to nineteenth-century poetry and prose, including courses on Enlightenment philosophy and the novel, literary representations of desire and consent, Milton and Romantic poetry, the Gothic novel, literature of slavery and economics, and eighteenth-century satire. Her current research interests include aesthetic theory, eighteenth-century representations of sex, and discourses of human rights during the Atlantic slave trade. Her chapter "The Rhetoric of Consensus: David Hume and Henry Fielding on Moral Sentiment" was published in an edited volume, David Hume: A Tercentenary Tribute (ed. Tweyman, 2013), and "Vicarious Sex and the Vulnerable Eighteenth-Century Reader" appears in LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 24.4 (2013). Her article "On Teaching Early Gothic Fiction and Non-Empiricist Aesthetics" is forthcoming from CEA Forum.

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3482


(641) 269-4733

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On-Campus Address: 

112 Mears Cottage
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

Ph.D., 2011 City University of New York; M.A., 2003, B.A., 2001 Case Western Reserve University

Courses Taught: 

ENG 120: Literary Analysis, ENG 210: The Gothic Novel (1764-1900) - Spring 2015, ENG 224: Traditions of English Literature II (1660-1900), ENG 323: Desire and Consent in Eighteenth-Century Literature (1660-1798), ENG 337: Enlightenment Philosophy and the British Novel (1650-1770), ENG 395: Slavery and Human Rights in the Atlantic World (1630-1830) - Spring 2015

Primary Academic Interest: 

Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature

Academic Interests: 

Early American literature, aesthetic theory, poetics, history of rhetoric, Enlightenment philosophy

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