Jodi Schorb

Associate Professor, Associate Graduate Coordinator

Jodi SchorbSchorb’s central interest is early American life writing, particularly the intersections of print culture and self-making. Her book, Reading Prisoners: Literature, Literacy, and the Transformation of American Punishment, 1700–1845 (Rutgers UP, 2014), traces the emergence of the prisoner as writer across the long eighteenth-century, exploring the links between the history of the US prison and the history of print. She is currently working on a monograph on eighteenth-century American life writing and emerging sexual epistemologies. Recent talks include “Towards Transhistoricsim: Interpreting Publick Universal Friend and their Followers” (delivered Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere), which contrasts the manuscript versus print archive of an eighteenth-century prophet who asserted they were “neither male nor female.” She recently penned the introduction to the scholarly edition of Herman Mann’s The Female Review, “Mann Seeking Woman” for the Just Teach One Project, in Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life (2016). Other recent publications include “Captivity Recast,” in Blackwell Companion to American Literature, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018); “Hard-Hearted Women: Sentiment and the Scaffold,” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers (2011); and “Seeing Other Wise: Reading a Pequot Indian Execution Narrative,” in Early Native Literacies in New England: A Documentary and Critical Anthology (2008).

She is affiliate faculty in the Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Research and a member of the UF Working Group on Crime, Law, and Governance in the Americas. She is a member of the Society of Early Americanists, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Reviews of her work have appeared in American Studies, American Literary History, Journal of American History, and elsewhere. She has served as outside reviewer for GLQ, William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of the History of Sexuality, and the Journal of Lesbian Studies. Schorb was awarded Teacher of the Year from CLAS (2011) and Professor of the Year for Graduate Students from the Graduate Student Council (2013). Prospective graduate students may be interested in sample recent seminars, including “Sexing the Past”: Theory and History of Early Modern Gender and Sexuality (Spring 2018); “Corporeal Sensorium”: Affect, Taste, and Aesthetic Feeling in Early American Literature (Spring 2016); The Carceral Imaginary: Prison History, Literature and Theory (Spring 2014), and Life Writing and Self-Making in American Literature to 1820 (Spring 2013); archived graduate and undergraduate course descriptions are available on the Department of English’s “Courses” page.


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