James Evans James Evans

Contact Information

Office: MHRA 3107
Office Phone: 336-334-3282
At UNCG Since: 1971


Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania-1971
M.A. University of Pennsylvania-1968
B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-1967

Research Interests

Dr. Evans’s research interests are in British literature and culture of the long eighteenth century (1650-1830), especially fiction and drama, but also comic forms, gender roles, and gambling. He worked more often with late Stuart texts earlier in the decade; currently he is writing about novels and plays of the 1770s, including Burney’s Evelina and Sheridan’s The School for Scandal.

Selected Publications

  • “The splendour of our golden age”: The Duchess of Mazarin and Epicurean Voluptuousness in Late Stuart England.”1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Period, 2009.
  • “Writing London in Tom Jones.” Henry Fielding in Our Time: Papers Presented at the Tercentenary Conference. Ed. J. A. Downie. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars P, 2008. 147-164.
  • “Libertine Gamblers in Late Stuart Comedy.” Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 18.1 (2003): 17-30.
  • The Way of the World and The Beau Defeated: Strains of Comedy in 1700.” South Atlantic Review 68.1 (2003): 15-33.
  • “A sceane of uttmost vanity”: The Spectacle of Gambling in Late Stuart Culture.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 31 (2002): 1-20.
  • “An honest scar received in the service of my country”: Lismahago’s Colonial Perspective in Humphry Clinker.”Philological Quarterly 79.4 (2000): 483-99.
  • “Resisting a Private Tyranny in Two Humane Comedies.” Broken Boundaries: Women & Feminism in Restoration Drama. Ed. Katherine M. Quinsey. Lexington: U P of Kentucky, 1996. 150-63.
  • “Oliver Goldsmith.” Encyclopedia of British Humorists: Geoffrey Chaucer to John Cleese. Ed. Stephen H. Gale. New York: Garland Pub., 1996. 1: 452-58.
  • Comedy: An Annotated Bibliography of Theory and Criticism. Metuchen: Scarecrow P, 1987. 

Awards and Honors

  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Teaching Competition Winner, for “An Inclusive Cultural History of Early Eighteenth-Century British Literature,” 1999-2000.


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