Daniel DeWispelare

Daniel DeWispelare

Daniel DeWispelare

Associate Professor of English


Office Phone: (202) 994-6936

Associate Professor of English

Eighteenth-Century and Nineteenth-Century Literature, especially Anglophone Romanticism(s) in a Global Context, the History of English Languages, Sociolinguistics, Dialect Writing, Translation Studies, History of Literacy, Historiography, Translation Studies, and Literary and Critical Theory.

Professor DeWispelare’s research focuses on how eighteenth- and nineteenth-century innovations in literary form occurred within—and perhaps as a result of—the British imperium’s rapidly diversifying linguistic environment. 



Multilingual Subjects: Standard English, Its Speakers, and Others in the Long Eighteenth Century (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).   


Peer-Reviewed Essays

"'What we want in Elegance, we gain in Copiousness': Eighteenth-Century English and its Empire of Tongues." In The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Vol. 57, No. 1 (Spring 2016), 119-138. 

"Fugitive Pieces: Linguistic Embodiment in Eighteenth-Century Texts." Forthcoming in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Winter 2015-2016), 345-373.

"Dissidence in Dialect: Ann Wheeler's Westmoreland Dialogues." Forthcoming in Studies in Romanticism (Fall 2015), 101-126.

“Teaching Romanticism and Translation through British Hebraism.” Romantic Circles Pedagogies, special issue “Teaching Romanticism and Translation,” (May 2014)

“Spectacular Speech: Performing Language in the Late Eighteenth Century.” In Journal of British Studies. Vol. 51, No. 4 (October 2012), 858-882.

“An Amateur’s Professional Devotion: Elizabeth Smith’s Translation of the Book of Job.” In Literature and Theology, Vol. 25, No. 2 (May 2011), 141-156.



Review of Daniel Shore’s Cyberformalism: Histories of Linguistic Forms in the Digital Archive (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018). In Modern Philology (May 2019). https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/704009.

Review of Sarah Rivett’s Unscripted America: Indigenous Languages and the Origins of a Literary Nation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).  In Notes and Queries (January 2019).

Review of Janet Sorensen’s Strange Vernaculars: How Eighteenth-Century Slang, Cant, Provincial Languages, and Nautical Jargon Became English (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2017). In Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, Vol. 39, No. 2, (November 2018), pp. 120-124.

Review of Peter Gilliver’s The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).  In History: Reviews of New Books, Vol. 45, No. 6 (November 2017), pp. 155-156. 

Review of Paul Westover's Necromanticism: Travelling to Meet the Dead, 1750-1860 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). In Nineteenth-Century Studies (February 2014).

Review of Srinivas Aravamudan’s Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel (University of Chicago Press, 2012). In Modern Philology, Vol. 111, No. 3 (February 2014), pp. E351-E354.

Review of 18thConnect. In Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Newsletter, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Winter 2013).


Other Essays

Heavy Fumes of Charcoal Creep Into the Brain.” The 18th-Century Common:  A Public Humanities Website for Enthusiasts of 18th-Century Studies (May 14, 2018).

"Course Design: An Experiment in Literary Futurity." English Graduate Student Association Blog. George Washington University (February 26, 2013). 

“Translation, Memory, Mastery: The Andrometer of Sir William Jones.” In Cabinet Magazine: A Quarterly of Art and Culture, No. 39 (Fall 2010).

Ph.D. (Comparative Literature and Literary Theory), University of Pennsylvania, 2011

M.A. (Comparative Literature and Literary Theory), University of Pennsylvania, 2007

B.A. summa cum laude, University of Colorado, 2005