Karen Weyler Karen Weyler

Contact Information

Office: MHRA 3121
Office Phone: 336-334-4689
At UNCG Since: 1999


Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-1996
M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-1990
B.A. Centre College-1988

Research Interests

Karen Weyler’s research and teaching interests are grounded in eighteenth-  and nineteenth-century American literature. She is particularly interested in the novel, the history of the book, and ephemera of all kinds.  In Empowering Words:  Outsiders and Authorship in Early America, 1760-1815, forthcoming in spring 2013 from the University of Georgia Press, she explores how individuals outside elite and middling circles—the poor, the indifferently educated, the illiterate, the indentured, and the enslaved—participated in authorship.  She is working on a scholarly edition of Sally Sayward Barrell Keating Wood’s novel Dorval; or The Speculator (1801).  And she is part of an editorial team working on the Charles Brockden Brown Archive and Scholarly edition.  With Michael Cody and Robert Battistini, she is editing Volume 3:  The Literary Magazine and Other Writings, 1803-1807. 

Selected Publications


  • Empowering Words: Outsiders and Authorship in Early America, 1760-1815.  Athens:  University of Georgia Press, forthcoming spring 2013.
  • Intricate Relations: Sexual and Economic Desire in American Fiction, 1789-1814.  Iowa City:  U of Iowa P, 2004.  292 pages.  Reviewed in American LiteratureEarly American LiteratureJournal of the Early RepublicLegacySouth Atlantic ReviewStudies in the Novel, and William and Mary Quarterly.

Selected Essays and Book Chapters

  • “The Sentimental Novel and the Seductions of Post-Colonial Imitation.”  The Oxford History of the Novel in English.  Vol. 5, American Novels to 1870.  Ed. Leland S. Person and J. Gerald Kennedy.  New York:  Oxford UP, forthcoming 2012.  By invitation.  8100 words.
  • “John Neal and the Early Discourse of American Women’s Rights.”  Headlong Enterprise: John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture.  Ed. Edward Watts and David J. Carlson.  Lewisburg:  Bucknell UP, 2012.  227-46.
  • “A Different Feminist Scholarship:  Research Challenges in Eighteenth-Century America.”  Early American Literature44.2 (2009):  417-21.  By invitation.
  • “Marriage, Coverture, and the Companionate Ideal in Early American Fiction.”   Legacy 26.1 (2009):  1-25.
  • “An Actor in the Drama of Revolution: Deborah Sampson, Print, and Performance in the Creation of Celebrity.”  Feminist Interventions in Early American Studies.  Ed. Mary Carruth.  Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2006.  183-93.
  • “Literary Labors and Intellectual Prostitution:  Fanny Fern’s Defense of Working Women.”  South Atlantic Review 70.2 (2005):  96-131.
  • “Gender and Humor in Early America.”  Studies in American Humor 3.11 (2004):  3-4.  Guest editor for special issue.
  • “Race, Redemption, and Captivity in the Narratives of Briton Hammon and John Marrant.”  “Genius in Bondage”:  Literature of the Early Black Atlantic.  Ed. Vincent Carretta and Philip Gould.  Lexington:  U of Kentucky P, 2001.  39-53.
  • “Profile:  Sally Sayward Barrell Keating Wood.”  Legacy:  A Journal of American Women Writers 15.2 (1998):  204-11.
  • “‘The Fruit of Unlawful Embraces’:  Sexual Transgression and Madness in Early American Sentimental Fiction.”  Sex and Sexuality in Early America.  Ed. Merril D. Smith.  New York:  New York UP, 1998.  283-313.
  • “Creating a Community of Readers:  Mary Mebane's Exploration of Difference in Mary and Mary, Wayfarer.”  Southern Quarterly 35.3 (1997):  43-54.
  • “‘A Speculating Spirit’:  Trade, Speculation, and Gambling in Early American Fiction.”  Early American Literature 31.3 (1996):  207-42.
  • “Melville's ‘The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids’:  A Dialogue About Experience, Understanding, and Truth.”  Studies in Short Fiction 31.3 (1994):  461-69.

Awards and Honors

  • McLean Contributionship Fellow, Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2008-09.
  • Maine Women Writers Collection Research Support Fellowship, University of New England, 2007.
  • William Reese Company Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 2004-05.
  • North Carolina Humanities Council Grant, co-investigator with Mary Ellis Gibson for “Making History Real: A Seminar for High School Teachers on Southern Writing, Gender, and Race,” 2004.
  • Summer Excellence Research Award, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2001 and 2004.
  • Advancement of Teaching and Learning Grant, Teaching and Learning Center, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2001.
  • C. Hugh Holman Dissertation Award for Outstanding Dissertation in American Literature, Department of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996.
  • Stephen Botein Fellowship in the History of the Book, American Antiquarian Society, 1995-96.
  • Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995.
  • Gavin Easton Wiseman Valedictorian Prize, Centre College, 1988.


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