Karen Weyler

Karen Weyler

Email: kaweyler@uncg.edu
Office: MHRA 3121
Phone: 336-334-4689



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, ephemera, the history of the book, and outsider authors.  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, forthcoming in 2017. She is currently working on a new book project titled “Urban Printscapes:  One Hundred Years of Print in the City.”

Selected Publications


  • The Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive and Scholarly Edition.  Vol. 3:  The Literary Magazine and Other Writings, 1803-1807.  Ed. by Robert Battistini, Michael Cody, and Karen A. Weyler.  Lanham, MD:  Bucknell University Press and Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2017.
  • Empowering Words: Outsiders and Authorship in Early America, 1760-1815.  Athens:  University of Georgia Press, 2013.311 pages.  Reviewed in: American LiteratureChoice (“Highly Recommended”), Amerikastudien/American StudiesEarly American LiteratureJournal of American Culture, Journal of American HistoryJournal of the Early RepublicJournal of Southern HistoryLegacyThe Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, and William and Mary Quarterly.
  • Intricate Relations: Sexual and Economic Desire in American Fiction, 1789-1814.  Iowa City:  University of Iowa Press, 2004.  292 pages.  Reviewed in American LiteratureEarly American LiteratureJournal of the Early RepublicLegacySouth Atlantic ReviewStudies in the Novel, and William and Mary Quarterly.

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Pedagogy, Seriality, and Sincerity:  Susanna Rowson’s Magazine Fiction.”  Legacy:  A Journal of American Women Writers.  Forthcoming Winter 2017.  4000 words.  By invitation.
  • “Reanimating Ghost Editions, Reorienting the Early American Novel.”  Co-authored with Michelle Burnham. Early American Literature.  51.3 (2016):  655-64.
  • “Roundtable:  21st-Century Studies in the Early American Novel:  A Roundtable on the Thirtieth Anniversary of Revolution and the Word.”  Journal of American Studies.  50.3 (2016):  802-07.  By invitation.
  • “Introduction” to Kelroy, by Rebecca Rush. Ed. Richard Pressman.  San Antonio, TX:  St. Mary’s Press, 2014.
  • “The Sentimental Novel and the Seductions of Post-Colonial Imitation.”  The Oxford History of the Novel in English.  Vol. 5:  The American Novel from its Beginnings to 1870.  Ed. by J. Gerald Kennedy and Leland S. Person.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2014.  41-55.  By invitation.
  • “‘A Tale of Our Own Times’:  Early American Women’s Novels, Reprints, and the Seduction of the Familiar.” Early American Literature.  48.1 (2013):  229-240.  By invitation.
  • “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 University Press, 2012.  227-46.
  • “A Different Feminist Scholarship:  Research Challenges in Eighteenth-Century America.”  Early American Literature 44.2 (2009):  417-21.  By invitation.
  • “Marriage, Coverture, and the Companionate Ideal in Early American Fiction.”   Legacy:  A Journal of American Women Writers 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: University of Alabama Press, 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.
  • “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:  University of Kentucky Press, 2001.  39-53.
  • “‘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 University Press, 1998.  283-313.
  • “Profile:  Sally Sayward Barrell Keating Wood.”  Legacy:  A Journal of American Women Writers15.2 (1998):  204-11.
  • “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

  • Course (re)Design Grant, UNCG Teaching Innovations Office, in partnership with the US Department of Education Title III grant (Intentional Futures), 2016.
  • Malcolm and Mildred Freiberg Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2015-16.
  • Summer Excellence Research Award, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2013.
  • McLean Contributorship Fellowship, awarded jointly by the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2008-09.
  • Research Assignment, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Fall 2008.
  • Maine Women Writers Collection Research Support Fellowship, University of New England, 2007.
  • William Reese Company Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 2004-05.
  • Summer Excellence Research Award, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2004.
  • 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.
  • Advancement of Teaching and Learning Grant, Teaching and Learning Center, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2001.
  • Summer Excellence Research Award, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2001.
  • Research and Publication Faculty Development Award, Wake Forest University, 1996-97.
  • Stephen Botein Fellowship in the History of the Book, American Antiquarian Society, 1995-96.


Collected Writings of Charles Brockden Brown Volume 3

Edited Collection by Karen Weyler