Patricia Comitini

Patricia Comitini

As Professor of English at Quinnipiac University, I have been a member of the English Department since 1998, and I am also currently the Chair of the department.  My life-long interest in studying literature has to do with discovering why authors wrote what they did during the eighteenth & nineteenth centuries in England and how that writing affected the society in which they lived, and perhaps the one in which we live.  For me, the word “literature” is a dynamic interaction between the written word, history and culture that produces this aesthetic object we call Literature today. Beyond my academic interests at QU, I’ve started to dabble in photography whenever I get the chance. I am a lover of (older) books and I have many in my house in nearby in Cheshire, Connecticut where I live with my husband and our two daughters.

Education: Ph.D. English (1997) SUNY Stony Brook; B.A. English (1987)

Courses Taught:  I teach a wide-range of courses in my areas of expertise: Eighteenth-Century British Literature, British Romanticism, Victorian Literature, and Literary Theory.  I also teach in the English department’s First-Year Writing Program as well as one of the graduate disciplinary courses for the MAT program: Poetry for Prospective High School Teachers.

Scholarship: My book, Vocational Philanthropy and British Women’s Writing, 1790-1810: Wollstonecraft, More, Edgeworth and Wordsworth, was published by Ashgate in 2005. Over the years, my articles have appeared in Studies in the Novel, The Keats-Shelley Journal, European Romantic Review, The Victorian Review and Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, and other venues. I am currently working with other scholars on an archival project that will be published by Cambridge University Press entitled The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. I am looking forward to beginning new work on Elizabeth Barret Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese.