Suzanne Taylor


Research Interests: 

18th-Century Literature & Moral Philosophy

Graduation Year: 


Dissertation Title: 

"In and Out of Character: Moral Action in the Eighteenth Century"


"So Close a Connection: Painful Associations in Samuel Richardson's Clarissa," ELH (forthcoming)


Faculty Fellow in the Humanities, Foundation Year Programme, University of King’s College Halifax
BA (McGill), MA (University of Alberta)
My research focuses on how debates about free will shaped philosophical and literary models of character and action in the eighteenth-century. More broadly, I’m interested in how Enlightenment thought can revise current conceptions of identity, agency, and accountability.

Conferences and Presentations:
“Unfettered Pleasure and a World of Beloveds in William Godwin’s St. Leon,” East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Delaware, Nov 6-8, 2014.
“Passions and Other Actions in Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa,” Affiliated Fellows Group, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago, May 2013.
“The Constraints of Character in Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa,” Of Human Bondage: Literatures of Constraint, 10th Annual Université de Montréal EGSS Conference, Montreal, QC, March 1-2, 2013.
Invited Guest Lecture, “Sensationalist Philosophy, Sentimentalism, and Sensible Education,” The Senses in Historical Context, History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences and Medicine program, University of Chicago, January 22, 2013.
“Deviant Connections in Choderlos de Laclos’s Les Liaisons dangereuses,” The Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association, Boston, MA, January 3-6, 2013.

Teaching Experience: 

I have taught a range of courses, including "Evil in the Age of Enlightenment" and “Seduction and the Novel: 1760-1830".