Associate Professor of English
Paul Kelleher (B.A., Duke; Ph.D., Princeton) is Associate Professor of English. A specialist in eighteenth-century British literature and gender/sexuality studies, his teaching and research range from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, and intersect with the disciplines of moral philosophy and political theory. More recently, his abiding interest in how the Enlightenment anticipated and laid the groundwork for our own culture of "normality" has lead him into the field of disability studies. He is the author of several articles, including "Reason, Madness, and Sexuality in the British Public Sphere" (The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Fall 2012); "'The Glorious Lust of Doing Good': Tom Jones and the Virtues of Sexuality" (Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Spring/Summer 2005); and "If Love Were All: Reading Sedgwick Sentimentally" (in the Routledge volume, Regarding Sedgwick: Essays on Queer Culture and Critical Theory, 2002). His first book, Making Love: Sentiment and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature (Bucknell University Press, 2015), examines how eighteenth-century British literature and philosophy fashioned an ideological alliance between heterosexual desire and moral feeling. His second book, Disabling Sympathy (in progress), tracks the interrelations of sympathy and disability, from eighteenth-century literature to contemporary film. Two pieces from this project have been published: "Defections from Nature: The Rhetoric of Deformity in Shaftesbury's Characteristics" appears in the edited volume Enabling: The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century (Bucknell University Press, 2014), and "The Man Within the Breast: Sympathy and Deformity in Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments" appears in the journal Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (2015).