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Dr Lisa O'Connell

 specializes in eighteenth-century British literature. Her research interests include sentimental fiction, theories of enlightenment and secularization and early global literatures. She has published articles on marriage law and literature, popular anthropology, travel narrative, and courtesan memoirs. She holds a lectureship in English Literature at the University of Queensland where she convenes the English Literature program and teaches courses on the literature of enlightenment, Gothic fiction, and the early novel.
Edited Volume:
Libertine Enlightenment: Sex, Liberty and Licence in the Eighteenth Century. Ed. Peter Cryle and Lisa O’Connell. London: Palgrave, 2004.
Work in Progress:     
“Proper Ceremony: The Political Origins of the English Marriage Plot” (book manuscript).
Selected Book Chapters:
“The Dandy, the Rake, and the Libertine.” The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature, Ed. Ellen McCallum and Mikko Tuhkanen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013.
“Settler Colonialism, Utility, Romance: E. G. Wakefield’s Letter from Sydney.” In  Burden or Benefit? Imperial Benevolence and its Legacies. Ed. Chris Tiffin and Helen Gilbert. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2008. 49-60.
“Gretna Green Novels.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature. Ed. David Scott Kastan et al. Vol. 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. 477-81.
“Authorship and Libertine Celebrity: Harriette Wilson’s Regency Memoirs.” In Libertine Enlightenment: Sex, Liberty and Licence in the Eighteenth Century. Ed. Peter Cryle and Lisa O’Connell. London: Palgrave, 2004: 161-181.
“Matrimonial Ceremonies Displayed: Popular Ethnography and Enlightened Imperialism.” In Exoticism and the Culture of Exploration. Ed. Robert Maccubbin and Christa Knellwolf, Durham: Duke University Press, 2003: 98-116.
Selected Articles:
Sir Charles Grandison, Natural Law and the Fictionalised English Gentleman” Intellectual History Review, Special Issue: Discourses of Humanity in the Enlightenment, 23:3, 2013: 1-15.
“’By Ordinance of Nature’: Marriage, Religion and the Modern English State” Parergon, Special Issue: Reason of State, Natural Law and Early Modern Statecraft, 28: 2 (2011) 149-166.
“Vicars and Squires: Religion and the Rise of the English Marriage Plot” The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation, Special Issue: The Drift of Fiction: Reconsidering the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 52: 3-4 (Fall/Winter 2011): 383-402.
“The Theo-Political Origins of the English Marriage Plot.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Special Issue: Theories of the Novel Now, 43.1 (Spring 2010): 31-37.
“Women's Writing, Language and Readership in The Lady's Magazine, 1770-1832.” Defining Gender, 1450-1910: Five Centuries of Advice Literature Online. Adam Matthew, 2004.
“Matrimonial Ceremonies Displayed: Popular Ethnography and Enlightened Imperialism.” Eighteenth-Century Life. 26.3 (2002): 98-116.
“Dislocating Literature: the Novel and the Gretna Green Romance.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction. 35.1 (Fall 2001): 5-23.
“Marriage Acts: Stages in the Transformation of Modern Nuptial Culture.” differences 11.1 (1999): 68-111.
Recent talks and conferences:
“Terra Nullius: The Post-Revolutionary Novelization of the World” Society for Novel Studies first biennial conference, Duke University, April 27-28, 2012.
“Reason, Sympathy and Political Justice: William Godwin’s Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication” Department of English and American Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, June 15th, 2012.
“Teaching Emancipation: Godwin’s Caleb Williams.” Panel on “English, Education and the Humanities” Ian Hunter and the Humanities in Australia: A Symposium, University of Queensland, 30-31 March, 2012.

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