Dissertation Advisor(s): Rita Barnard
"The New Novel of Manners: Chick Lit and Postfeminist Sexual Politics"
Lecturer, University of New Hampshire
Stephanie Harzewski received her B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Vassar College, a M.A. in Women’s Studies from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and a Ph.D. in English with a certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her teaching interests include twentieth-century and contemporary British and American literature, Anglophone women novelists, the novel of manners tradition, the Bildungsroman, feminist theory, and the British literature since 1660 survey. She is the author of articles on Anglophone women authors and aspects of American commodity culture which have appeared in peer-reviewed journals including The Eighteenth-Century Novel, The Age of Johnson, Contemporary Women's Writing, The Feminist and the Scholar Online, The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, as well as the books Virginia Woolf and Communities, Reading the Sea, and Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction. She is considered an expert on the chick lit genre and has been interviewed on the subject in publications such as Poets and Writers and the Chicago Tribune. Her book, The New Novel of Manners: Chick Lit and Postfeminism, is forthcoming by the University of Virginia Press. Her second project, “‘The ‘Woman Author' Function: Twentieth-Century Anglophone Prose Writers and Their Cultural Formation,” continues to investigate the historical construction of literary figures but shifts its focus to a more diverse and canonical group of writers. It explores how certain writers have been appropriated to advance or heighten social, theoretical, and national moments and looks at how authors themselves have constructed a persona for professional development, media publicity, and cult following. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the American Association of University Women, the Romance Writers of America, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.