Carrie Shanafelt is an Assistant Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University (University College) in Teaneck, NJ, where she teaches courses on modern literature and philosophy. Her essays appear in LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, CEA Forum, and volumes on Samuel Johnson and David Hume. She is currently writing a book manuscript on Jeremy Bentham ("The Utility of Pleasure"). She lives in New York City.
Carrie grew up in Shawnee, Kansas, and moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1997 for college, where she studied Spanish and English literatures and minored in Political Science. She continued at CWRU to write an M.A. thesis on rhetoric and Henry Fielding. In 2003, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, to study at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her 2011 dissertation was "Common Sense: The Rise of Narrative in the Age of Self-Evidence." From 2011 to 2014, she served as a visiting professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania and then Grinnell College in Iowa before moving back to New York City to begin at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Publications and Lectures
Publications and Lectures
Publications and Works in Progress
Book Manuscript: “The Utility of Pleasure: Jeremy Bentham on Sexual Liberty”
Journal Article: “Ottobah Cugoano on Sentimental Commerce and Debt Forgiveness”
Journal Article: “Against Rights: Jeremy Bentham on Sexual Liberty and Legal Reform”
Book Chapter: “Doubt” for The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Johnson, ed. Jack Lynch
Journal Article: “Jeremy Bentham and the Aesthetics of Sexual Difference”
2019 Book Chapter: "The 'Plexed Artistry' of Nabokov and Johnson"
2017 Book Review: Making Love: Sentiment and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature by Paul Kelleher
2016 Book Review: The Impotency Poem from Ancient Latin to Restoration Literature by Hannah Lavery
2014 . Journal Article: "On Teaching Gothic Fiction and Non-Empiricist Aesthetics"
Journal Article: "Vicarious Sex and the Vulnerable Eighteenth-Century Reader"
2013 Book Chapter: "The Rhetoric of Consensus: Hume and Fielding on Moral Sentiment"
Recent Lectures and Presentations
2019 Oral Paper: “Sexual Liberty and Happiness”
Invited Lecture: “Cugoano’s Economics: Urban Space and Labor in an Eighteenth-Century Slavery Narrative”
Roundtable: “A Problematic Period? Teaching the Eighteenth Century”
Invited Lecture: “The Trouble with Bentham” (video)
Oral Paper: “Against Rights: Jeremy Bentham and the Aesthetics of Sexual Liberty”
2018 Oral Paper: "Allegorical Rhetoric in Eighteenth-Century British Fiction"
Public Lecture: “Gothic Novels, Vulnerable Readers”
Oral Paper: "Jeremy Bentham's Queer Christ"
2017 Invited Lecture: "Pleasure in the Age of Shelley"
Oral Paper: "Aesthetics of Trauma in Infinite Jest"
2016 Oral Paper: "Ottobah Cugoano and Economic Philosophy"
Invited Lecture: "The Vulnerable Reader in Eighteenth-Century British Fiction"
2015 Oral Paper: "Bentham on the Aesthetics of Sexual Taste"
2014 Oral Paper: "Labor, Global Markets, and Human Rights in the Undergraduate Classroom"
Oral Paper: "Locke, Defoe, and the Suffering Self"
2013 Oral Paper: "Numeracy as Freedom: The Many Lives of Benjamin Banneker"
Writing and Methods