Sharon Smith

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Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator

Office Building

Pugsley Center



Mailing Address

Pugsley Cont Ed Center 416
English-Box 0504
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Sharon Smith is an Associate Professor of English specializing in Restoration, eighteenth-century, and early Romantic British literature, with a particular focus on women's poetry. Dr. Smith serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the English M.A. Program; as a faculty member for the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program and the Honors College; and as the faculty advisor for the student group FEM (Feminist Equality Movement). She is an associate editor for the journal The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation.


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Ph.D. in English literature with Gender and Women’s Studies certificate, University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

M.A. in English literature, University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)

B.A. in English, Augsburg College (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Academic Interests/Expertise

British literature and culture of the long eighteenth century, women's writing, satire, literary theory, and the Western.

Academic Responsibilities

Courses taught include Composition I and II; Introduction to English Studies; Introduction to Graduate Studies; Introduction to Criticism; English Capstone; British Literature I; Shakespeare; Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama; Eighteenth-Century Fiction; Women and Poetry in the Eighteenth Century; Eighteenth-Century Travel Narratives; Eighteenth-Century Gothic; Satire and Social Change: The Eighteenth-Century and Now; Women in Literature; The Western in Context: The American West in Literature, Film, and Culture; Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Professional Memberships

Modern Language Association
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Area(s) of Research

Selected Publications:

"The Pleasures of Satire in the Fables of Anne Finch." British Women Satirists in the Long Eighteenth Century, edited by Amanda Hiner and Elizabeth Tasker-Davis, Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.

“Elizabeth Gunning, The Farmer’s Boy”; “Elizabeth Gunning, The War-Office”; and “Margaret Minifie or Susannah Gunning, The Union.” The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, edited by April London, Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.

“Of Partners and Posses: Masculine Camaraderie in the Modern Western/Action Film.” Co-authored with Jason McEntee. The Twenty-First-Century Western: New Riders of the Cinematic Stage, edited by Douglas Brode and Shea T. Brode, Lexington, 2019. 171-184.

“‘I Cannot Harm Thee Now’: The Ethic of Satire in Anna Barbauld’s Mock-Heroic Poetry.” European Romantic Review 26.5 (2015): 551-573.

“Defoe’s The Complete English Tradesman and the Prostitute Narrative: Minding the Shop in Mrs. Elizabeth Wisebourn, Sally Salisbury, and Roxana.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 15.2 (2015): 27-57.

“Juba’s ‘Black Face’/Lady Delacour’s ‘Mask’: Plotting Domesticity in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 54.1 (2013): 71-90.

“The Good Effects of a Whimsical Study: Romance and Women’s Learning in Charlotte Lennox’s The Female Quixote.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 18.2 (2006): 203-228.

Selected Presentations:

“The ‘Well-Temper’d Muse’ Provoked: Anne Finch as Satirist.” Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Orlando, FL), March 2018.

“Gendering Satire: Eighteenth-Century Women Poets and the British Satiric Tradition.” Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Minneapolis, MN), March-April 2017.

“Satire and Social Media: Division and Dialogue in a Digital Age.” Wisely Fellow Speaker Series, Stephen F. Austin State University, February 2017.

“‘Cruel Wanderings’: The Female Traveler in Sophia Lee’s The Recess.” Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Pittsburgh, PA), March-April 2016.

“The Complete English Trades(wo)man: The Professional Bawd and the Question of Gender in The Life of the Late Celebrated Mrs. Elizabeth Wisebourn.” Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Los Angeles, CA), March 2015.

“Unruly Fictions: The Other Eighteenth-Century British Novel.” Colloquium Series on Literature, University of South Dakota, October 2014.

“Anna Barbauld’s Aesthetic of the Ordinary: Mocking the Mock-Heroic in ‘Washing-Day.’” Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Cleveland, OH), April 2013.

“‘No Mere “Babb’ling Echo’: Reimagining Women’s Poetic Voice in Ann Yearsley’s ‘On Jephthah’s Vow.’” Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (San Antonio, TX), March 2012.

“(Un)natural Boundaries: The Limits of Human Sympathy in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters.” Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference (College Station, TX), April 2010.

“‘The Ties that Bind’: Gender, Property, and the Threads of Narrative in Sarah Scott’s Millennium Hall.” Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference (Iowa City, IA), March 2009.

“’Sometimes Women May Have Occasions for Public Business’: Women’s Educational Writing and the Problem of the Public Woman.” Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Boston, MA), March 2004.

“Lessons in Chimerical Adventures and Profane Love: Charlotte Lennox’s The Female Quixote and the Education of Women in Eighteenth-Century England.” Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Oxford, UK), January 2001.