Toni Bowers
Fisher-Bennett Hall 239
215-898-5223

office hours:

W 2-3 and by appointment

Toni Bowers (Professor) specializes in British literature and culture from Charles II’s restoration in 1660 to the French Revolution. Professor Bowers’ research and writing focus particularly on how representations of intimate relations shaped and reinforced distributions of power during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She publishes and teaches on writing by and about women, ideologically driven and partisan political writing (which, she maintains, are not the same thing), the discursive construction of "Great Britain," and early prose fiction in England and Scotland.

In addition to her many essays in scholarly journals and collections, she is the author of Force or Fraud: British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660-1760, (Oxford University Press, 2011), and The Politics of Motherhood: British Writing and Culture, 1660-1760 (Cambridge University Press, 1996). With John Richetti (Penn, Emeritus), she has co-edited an abridgement of Richardson's Clarissa (Broadview Press, 2010), and with Professor Tita Chico of the University of Maryland she has co-edited a volume of scholarly essays titled Atlantic Worlds in the Long Eighteenth Century: Seduction and Sentiment  (Palgrave: 2012). She is currently writing a book that reaches back to the early seventeenth century, on the metaphorical language used to debate the Union of England and Scotland between 1603 and 1715. With Prof. Albert Rivero of Marquette University, she is also currently editing the first complete edition in nearly a century of Richardson's Pamela, scheduled to appear in 2015.  For more of Dr. Bowers's publications, see here.

Toni Bowers regularly presents her scholarship across the United States and has lectured by invitation in Canada, England, Finland, France, the Netherlands, and Scotland. In addition to her undergraduate teaching, she leads graduate seminars, directs and advises doctoral dissertations, supervises both undergraduate and graduate-level independent studies, and serves on committees for the English Department, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the University. Dr. Bowers co-founded Penn’s Atlantic Studies Seminar in 2001, was Visiting Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh 1999-2000, and was for many years Faculty-in-Residence at Kings Court-English House College House, where she founded the undergraduate humanities society Perspectives in Humanities and inaugurated the Penn Authors' Forum.

Bowers is a core faculty member in Penn's Gender Studies program, and a member of the Advisory Board to the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. She currently serves on Penn's Personnel Committee, directly advising the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences on faculty hiring and promotion.  She serves as editorial consultant for a number of academic journals and publishing houses. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford.

last updated 2014/02/05

Publications

Courses Taught

Spring 2014

English
341.301

Spring 2012

English
090.401

Fall 2011

English
045.001
English
390.401

Spring 2011

English
345.301

Fall 2010

English
730.401

Spring 2010

English
045.401
English
341.401

Fall 2009

English
090.401

Spring 2009

English
245.401

Fall 2008

Spring 2008

Fall 2007

English
045.001
English
553.401

Spring 2006

English
540.401

Fall 2005

English
045.001

Spring 2005

English
345.401
English
553.401

Spring 2002

Fall 2001

English
544.401

Spring 2001

English
045.001
English
553.401

Fall 2000

English
800.301

Spring 1999

English
100.401

Fall 1998

Fall 1997

English
203.001
English
343.401

Spring 1997

English
100.001

Fall 1996

English
045.001
English
090.401

Spring 1995

Fall 1994

English
045.001

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