Devoney Looser is Regents and Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University. (Her name is pronounced DEV-oh-nee LOE-sir.). She is the author or editor of nine books on literature by women, a Guggenheim Fellow, and an NEH Public Scholar. Her book, The Making of Jane Austen (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), was named a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book (Nonfiction). Her most recent book is The Daily Jane Austen: A Year of Quotes (University of Chicago Press, 2019) Looser’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Salon, Slate, and the TLS. She's written on professional issues for The Chronicle of Higher Education and has been interviewed about Jane Austen on CNN. She teaches ASU undergraduate and graduate courses (in person and online) in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, women’s writings, and Jane Austen and has led the department's workshop on academic job market preparation for humanities PhD students. She's played roller derby as Stone Cold Jane Austen and serves as faculty adviser to the ASU Derby Devils. For further information, see Devoney Looser’s website and subscribe to her newsletter.
- Ph.D. English, with certification in Womens Studies, SUNY - Stony Brook, NY. 1993
- B.A. Summa cum laude with English Honors, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. 1989
- Digital Humanities Observatory Summer School Participant, Royal Irish Academy, June 26-July 2, 2010.
Looser's areas of expertise include women's writings, British literature, Jane Austen, the history of the novel, feminist studies, age and aging studies, historiography, and women in sport. She is also faculty adviser to the ASU Derby Devils, the co-ed collegiate roller derby team.
Books and Edited Books
- The Daily Jane Austen (editor), University of Chicago Press, 2019.
- The Making of Jane Austen. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.
- Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750–1850. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
- British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670–1820. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000, 2005.
- Edition of Jane West’s A Gossip’s Story (1796) (with Melinda O’Connell and Caitlin Kelly), Valancourt, 2015.
- Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing of the Romantic Period (editor), Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- Generations: Academic Feminists in Dialogue (co-editor, with E. Ann Kaplan). U of Minnesota P, 1997.
- Jane Austen and Discourses of Feminism (editor). Palgrave Macmillan, 1995.
“Five Myths About Jane Austen,” Washington Post, 6 March 2020, p. B3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/five-myths/five-myths-about-jane-austen/2020/03/06/25ffaba4-5f30-11ea-9055-5fa12981bbbf_story.html
“Fan Fiction or Fan Fact? An Unknown Pen Portrait of Jane Austen,” TLS, 13 December 2019, pp. 14-15. https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/fan-fiction-or-fan-fact/
“The Sadness of Rewatching Rollerball in 2019,” Slate, 14 November 2019, https://slate.com/technology/2019/11/rollerball-rewatching-future.html
“Oos-Oos-Oos-Ah!” TLS (12 July 2019). https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/uswnt-world-cup-2019/
“Teaching Jane Austen to Sex Offenders,” Salon (1 March 2019). https://www.salon.com/2019/03/01/teaching-jane-austen-to-sex-offenders/
“Descending from Jane Austen,” Times Literary Supplement (25 January 2019): 8-9. https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/pride-and-precariousness/