Margaret Doody

Margaret Doody, John and Barbara Glynn Family Professor of Literature and the first Director of the Ph.D. in Literature Program, is interested in literature of many languages and cultures. Her career is rooted in the study of the eighteenth century; she is the author of many articles on writers including Swift, Sterne and Austen, and of book-length studies of Samuel Richardson and of Frances Burney, as well as The Daring Muse: Augustan Poetry Reconsidered (Cambridge UP 1985; reissued 2010). She is attracted to the Novel in its many forms, and to the function and nature of stories, and  the thinking committed  through the ages by fantasy. Margaret Doody is best known internationally for The True Story of the Novel (Rutgers UP, 1996), and is a constant participant in international conferences on the ancient novel. Her most recent book, Tropic of Venice (University of Pennsylvania UP, 2006), takes a city as a text. She received an NEH fellowship (2007) for a project tracing the roots of the Enlightenment in the Renaissance, dealing with thinkers such as Pico and Paracelsus; her book in progress is an enquiry into when and how we began to think positively of change as a good thing. The working title is “Love Change and Chaos: the Coming of the Enlightenment.” A book on Jane Austen entitled Jane Austen’s Names will be published by U of Chicago Press, in 2014.  Margaret Doody is also the author of the “Aristotle Detective” series of novels, translated into many languages including French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Greek. The most recent is Mysteries of Eleusis (2006 and Aristotle and the Egyptian Murders) in Italian, 2010.
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