Peter DeGabriele,
Associate Professor

2003 Lee Hall
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS   39762

Peter DeGabriele

Professional Bio

Peter DeGabriele specialises in the study of eighteenth century literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the relation between literary texts and the political philosophy and epistemology of the period. His book, Sovereign Power and the Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Literature and the Problem of the Political, was published by Bucknell University Press in 2015. The book examines the role of the novelists and historians of the eighteenth century in developing a vision of political modernity that questions traditional narratives about the rise of liberalism and the decline of sovereign power. Dr. DeGabriele has also published articles on Frances Burney, David Hume, and Daniel Defoe, and is currently at work on a new book project on the concept of proximity in the Enlightenment.


Ph.D. 2009 The University at Buffalo-SUNY
M.A. 2006 The University at Buffalo-SUNY
B.A. 2002 The Australian National University

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Interests:

Eighteenth-Century British Literature; Literary Theory

Recent Courses:



Soverign PowerSovereign Power and the Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Literature and the Problem of the Political. ISBN 978-1-61148-696-4. Bucknell University Press, 2015.


Articles and Reviews

"Resistance, Immunity, and Polite Silence: The Legacy of 1688 in David Hume’s Political Thought," Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700. 39:1-2 (2015).

"Clothes Make the Ape: The Satirical Animal in Rochester's Poetry," Early Modern Literary Studies. 18:1-2 (2015).

"Political Magic: British Fictions of Savagery and Sovereignty, 1650-1750 by Christopher F. Loar" (review), Studies in the Novel, 47.1 (2015).

"The Legal Fiction and Epistolary Form: Frances Burney’s Evelina," Early Modern Cultural Studies, 14.2 (2014).

"Exquisite Mixture: The Virtues of Impurity in Early Modern England by Wolfram Schmidgen" (review), Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, 14.1 (2014).

"Sympathy for the Sovereign: Sovereignty, Sympathy, and the Colonial Relation in Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," Project Muse, 51.1 (2012).

“Intimacy, Survival, and Resistance: Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year,” ELH, 77.1, 2010.

Editor (With Sol Pelaez and Shane Herron) of “Semblance,” a special issue of Umbr(a): A Journal of the Unconscious, 2007.