Laura Stevens, PhD

Laura Stevens, PhD
Department Chairperson
Chapman Associate Professor of English
College of Arts & Sciences
English Language and Literature
918-631-2859 Zink Hall Room 341

Education

PhD – University of Michigan MA – University of Michigan BA – Villanova University

Bio

Laura M. Stevens specializes in the literature of Britain, its colonies, and the Atlantic world from the mid-seventeenth through eighteenth centuries. She is especially interested in religious texts, emotion studies, women's writing, rhetorics of empire, and writings by or about indigenous peoples. Her first book, The Poor Indians, Native Americans, and Colonial Sensibility, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2004. Her second book, "Friday's Tribe: Eighteenth-Century English Missionary Fantasies," has been accepted for publication by University of Pennsylvania Press. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, the American Philosophical Society, the John Carter Brown Library, the Fulbright Foundation, the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, and the Oklahoma Humanities Council. She is a Past President of the Society of Early Americanists and the South-Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and she is a former Editor of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature.

Research Interests

The circulation of texts, genres, and ideas around the British Atlantic before 1800
Writings by and about colonized and Indigenous peoples
Women’s Literature
Religious Discourse
Emotion Studies

Teaching Interests

British, American, and Transatlantic Literature of the long Eighteenth Century
Contemporary Girls’ Adventure Stories
Indigenous and Native American Literature

Publications

Books

  • The Poor Indians: British Missionaries, Native Americans, and Colonial Sensibility (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004, paperback 2006).

  • Friday’s Tribe: Eighteenth-Century English Missionary Fantasies, Accepted for forthcoming publication by University of Pennsylvania Press (120,000 words)

  • Eighteenth-Century Guides to Reading the Bible, under contract with Cambridge University Press, (Elements in Eighteenth-Century Connections Series)

Journal Articles

  • Little Women, the Children’s Version.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 31.1 (July 2019), 95-96.

  • StevensL. “Women Visible” Editor’s Preface. Vol. 35, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 2016, pp. 7-20.
  • StevensL. “Remembering Shari Benstock”, Editor’s Preface. Vol. 34, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 2015, pp. 223-30.
  • “Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson” and “Sarah Kemble Knight.” Bloomburg Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, Mark G. Spencer, ed. (New York: Thoemmes, 2014).

  • “Healing a Whorish Heart: The Whore of Babylon and Protestant Interiority in Eighteenth-Century
    Britain.” In Anti-Catholicism in a Comparative and Transnational Perspective, 1750-2000, Jonas Harvard & Yvonne Maria Werner, eds., European Studies 31 (2013), 71-84.

  • “The Traffic of Women: Oroonoko in an Atlantic Framework.” In Approaches to Teaching Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko,” Mary Ann O’Donnell & Cynthia Richards, eds. (New York: Modern Language Association, 2013), 71-77.

  • “’Of snatching captive souls from satan’s paws’: A Fundraising Poem for Wheelock’s Charity
    School.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 107.3 (2013), 377-86.

  • “‘Spare his life to save his soul’: Enthralled Lovers and Heathen Converts in ‘The Four Indian Kings Garland.'” In Atlantic Worlds in the Long Eighteenth Century: Seduction and Sentiment, Toni Bowers & Tita Chico, eds. (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), 97-113.

  • “Owning Humanistic Evaluation: A Response to ‘Ranks, Brands, and the Editorial Process.'”
    The Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 42.3 (2011), 350-56.

  • The New Pilgrim’s Progress, Anglican Longings, and Eighteenth-Century Missionary Fantasies.” Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, 3 (2011), 57-84.

  • “The Souls of Highlanders, the Salvation of Indians: Scottish Mission and Eighteenth-Century
    British Empire,” in Native Americans, Christianity, and the Reshaping of Early America’s Religious Landscape, Mark A. Nicholas & Joel Martin, eds. (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2010), 179-200.

  • “Reading the Hermit’s Manuscript: The Female American and Female Robinsonades.” In Approaches to Teaching <u<Robinson Crusoe, Carl Fisher and Maximillian Novak, eds. (New York: Modern Language Association, 2005), 140-51.

  • “Why Read Sermons? What Americanists Can Learn from the Sermons of the Society for the
    Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts.” History Compass 3 (2005) NA 158, 1-19.

  • “‘Gold for Glasse’: The Trope of Trade in English Missionary Writings.” In The Spiritual Conversion of the Americas, James Muldoon, ed. (Gainesville, FA: University Press of Florida, 2004), 231-51.

  • “The Christian Origins of the Vanishing Indian.” In Mortal Remains: Death in Early America, Andrew Burstein & Nancy Isenberg, eds. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), 17-30.

  • “Early America and the Public: Presidential Address for the Tenth Biennial Society of Early
    Americanists (SEA) Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2017.” Early American Literature, forthcoming.
    1599 words.

  • “Mary’s Magnificat in Eighteenth-Century Britain and New England”. Journal of Religious History, Literature, and Culture.
  • StevensL. “Mary’s Magnificat in Eighteenth-Century Britain and New England”. Journal of Religious History, Literature, and Culture.
  • “Introduction to ‘Devotion in the Enlightenment: A Forum’.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 48 (2019), 247-50.

Book Chapters

  • “The Virgin Mary and Violated Mothers in British and Colonial Anti-Catholicism.” Against Popery: Britain, Empire and Anti-Catholcism, Evan Haefeli, ed., Univ. of Virginia Press, forthcoming November 2020.

  • (Co-Authored with Kristina Bross.) “Before Nation, Beyond Nation: The Place of ‘Early’ in
    Transnational American Studies.” Obama and Transnational American Studies, Alfred Hornung and Oliver Scheiding, eds. (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag, forthcoming 2015; 7313 words).

  • “‘What Do You Mean by Prayer?’: Emotion and Devotion in Thomas Wilson’s Essay Towards an Instruction of the Indians (1740).” In Faith through Feeling: Emotions and Christian Missions, 1600-1950, Claire McLisky & Karen Vallgårda, eds. (Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming 2015; 7963 words).

  • “The New Pilgrim’s Progress, The Female American, und die Entstehung narrativer Formen gegen die Erweckungsbewegung,” (“The New Pilgrim’s Progress, The Female American, and the Crafting of an Anti-Revivalist Narrative Form”) Erzählende und erzählte Aufklärung, (Narrating Enlightenment and Enlightenment Narrative) ed. Frauke Berndt and Daniel Fulda (Hamburg, Felix Meiner Verlag), forthcoming 2017.

  • “How to Read Gender in Early America.” Solicited for The Cambridge Companion to Early American Literature, Bryce Traister, ed., Cambridge University Press, currently under review. 6501 words.

Working Papers

  • “The Problem of Sympathy.” (Pedagogy Essay on Humanity in Algiers [1801]) Just Teach One, Common-Place (common-place.org, January 2014).

Manuscripts

  • Friday’s Tribe: Eighteenth-Century British Missionary Fantasies (manuscript in progress).

  • Mothers of Israel: Biblical Women and Britain’s Boundaries, 1660-1783 (manuscript in progress).

Journal Article Reviews

  • “Transatlanticism Now.” American Literary History, 16.1 (2004): 93-102.

  • “Civility and Skepticism in the Woolston-Sherlock Debate over Miracles.” Eighteenth-Century Life 21 (1997): 57-70.

  • “Eve and Her Daughters in England’s Long Eighteenth Century.” Religion in the Age of
    Enlightenment
    , forthcoming 6 (2015). 6457 words.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Nation and Migration: The Making of British Atlantic Literature, 1765-1835, by Juliet Shields, in Journal of American Studies 53.2 (2019), 564-65.

  • Spectacular Suffering: Witnessing Slavery in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic, by Ramesh Mallipeddi, in Modern Philology 115.4 (2017), 232-34.

  • Review of Kate Flint, The Transatlantic Indian, 1776-1930, in Symbiosis, December 2012.

  • Mary Beth Norton, Separated by Their Sex: Women in Public and Private in the Colonial Atlantic World, in American Historical Review, 117.4 (October 2012), 1186-87.

  • Fulford T., and StevensL. “Romantic Indians: Native Americans, British Literature, and Transatlantic Culture, 1756-1830”. Romantic Indians: Native Americans, British Literature, and Transatlantic Culture, 1756-1830, Studies in Romanticism, 2010, pp. 337-40.
  • StevensL. “Above the Age of Reason: Miracles and Wonders in the Long Eighteenth Century”. Above the Age of Reason: Miracles and Wonders in the Long Eighteenth Century, Vol. 41, The Scriblerian, 2009, pp. 231-32.
  • VaughanA., and StevensL. “Transatlantic Encounters: American Indians in Britain, 1500-1776”. Transatlantic Encounters: American Indians in Britain, 1500-1776, Vol. 27, Journal of American Ethnic History, 2008, pp. 199-20.
  • Read D., and StevensL. “New World, Known World: Shaping Knowledge in Early Anglo-American Writi”. New World, Known World: Shaping Knowledge in Early Anglo-American Writi, Vol. 106, Modern Philology, 2008, pp. 266-69.
  • Carla Gerona, Night Journeys: The Power of Dreams in Transatlantic Quaker Culture, in The Journal of British Studies 45 (2006): 643-44.

  • Albert Furtwangler, Bringing Indians to the Book, in History: Reviews of New Books 34 (2006): 79.

  • Carl Bridge and Kent Federowich, eds., The British World: Diaspora, Culture, and Identity, in The Journal of British Studies 44 (2005): 391-93.

  • Laura Lunger Knoppers, ed., Puritanism and Its Discontents, in Early American Literature 39 (2004): 399-405.

  • David S. Shields and Carla Mulford, eds., Finding Colonial Americas: Essays Honoring J.A. Leo Lemay, in The East-Central Intelligencer 17.2 (May, 2003): 31-33.

  • Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, How to Write the History of the New World, in Itinerario 26 (2002): 102-04.

  • Hilary E. Wyss, Writing Indians: Literacy, Christianity, and Native Community in Early America, in The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography 26 (2000): 574-75.

  • Catherine Ingrassia, Authorship, Commerce, and Gender in Early Eighteenth-Century England: A Culture of Paper Credit and Laura Mandell, Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain, in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 18 (1999): 352-56.

  • Catherine Ingrassia, Authorship, Commerce, and Gender in Early Eighteenth-Century England: A Culture of Paper Credit and Laura Mandell, Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain, in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 18 (1999): 352-56.

Other

  • Prefaces to <isa Studies in Women’s Literature (2014), 9-17. “Transitions.”

  • Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature
    32.1 (2013), 7-16. “Getting What You Pay For? Open Access and the Future of Humanities
    Publishing.”

  • Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 31.1/2 (2012), 7-32. “Eighteenth-Century Women and English Catholicism.” (co-authored with Anna Battigelli).

  • Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 30.1 (2011), 7-14. “On Translation”

  • Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 30.2 (2011), 241-44. “Women and Periodicals.”

  • StevensL. Other. Vol. 29, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 2010, pp. 7-14.
  • Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 29.2 (2010), 255-62. “On Peer Review”

  • StevensL. Other. Vol. 28, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 2009, pp. 7-14.
  • Prefaces to Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 27.1 (2008), 7-16. “Revisiting Female Authorship in the Long Eighteenth Century”

  • StevensL. Other. Vol. 27, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 2008, pp. 231-36.
  • Prefaces to Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 26.1 (2007), 7-9. “The Silver Jubilee Issue: What We Have Done and Where We Are Going”

  • Prefaces to Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 26.2 (2007), 191-97.

  • Prefaces to Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 25.1 (2006), 7-12. “Emotions” (issue co-edited with Holly Laird)

  • Contribution to Millennium issue of PMLA 115 (winter 2000), 2072-73.

  • “Missionary and Bible Tract Societies.” Encyclopedia of the New American Nation, Paul Finkelman, ed. (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005).

Courses Taught

  • Indigenous Literature: An Introduction
  • The Liberal Arts and Real Life
  • Beyond Bella: 21st Century Girls' Adventure
  • London in the Age of Queen Anne: Church, Crown, Conflict, and Culture
  • Special Topics in Modern Literature
  • Topics in European History

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Editor Award
  • Essay Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa induction
  • Phi Kappa Phi induction
  • Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Presidential Prize
  • “Scotch & Smokes” Teaching Award
  • Mitglied (member), Internationalen Wissenschaftlichen Beirat (Member, International Scientific Advisory Board)