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Laura  Runge

Laura Runge

Laura Runge
English Department Chair
   Professor of English


Office: CPR 360 A
Phone: 813/974-9496



Ph.D., Emory University (English with certificate in Women’s Studies)

Specialty Area

Restoration and Eighteenth-century British Literature, Women Authors, Book History, Digital Humanities

Recent & Notable Publications

  • Co-edited with Jessica L. Cook, Circuit of Apollo: Eighteenth-century Women’s Tributes toWomen, University of Delaware Press, forthcoming 2019
  • Gender and Language in British Literary Criticism, 1660-1790 (Cambridge UP, Dec. 1997). Released in paperback (ISBN 13 978 0 521 02145 6) October 2005.
  • “Eliza Haywood's Digital Humanity, or EH in DH: An Overview.” In Tiffany Potter (ed). MLA Approaches to Teaching Eliza Haywood. Forthcoming 2019.
  • “Constructing Place in Oroonoko.” Gender and Space in Britain, 1660-1820. Ed. Karen Gevirtz and Mona Narain. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. 19-32. Winner of the 2015 Percy G. Adams prize from the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-century Studies.
  • “Tracing a Genealogy of Oroonoko Editions.” Essays and Studies, special volume “British Literature and Print Culture,” ed. Sandro Jung, for the English Association, vol. 66 (2013): 5-32
  • "Teaching Eighteenth-Century Women Writers." Literature Compass 7.3 (2010): 145–159


I specialize in Restoration and Eighteenth-century British Literature, Women Authors, Book History, Digital Humanities, and to a lesser degree pedagogy. I also developed a teaching interest in ecocriticism and literature of place with a focus on Florida. I am the author or editor of six books, a number of articles, book chapters, essays, digital projects, and reviews. My intellectual home is the late seventeenth century, and my analytic focus is deeply historical and feminist with a particular interest in form, nonfictional prose (such as letters and essays), criticism, and archival work. My contemporary interests include mindfulness and digital publication.

I am a founding editor for the online open-access journal ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-1830, and I am interested in media transformation (manuscript to print and print to digital). I am currently working on an article analyzing the gap between literary scholarship on Jane Austen and her role in digital humanities and corpus linguistics; the Austen example suggests some important possibilities for best practices in literary criticism making the most of digital scholarship.

In spring 2019 the collection of essays I co-edited with Jessica Cook, entitled The Circuit of Apollo: Eighteenth-century Women’s Tributes to Women, will be published by University of Delaware Press. The Circuit of Apollo is a book about early modern women’s networks traced through affirmations of respect, admiration, love, and sometimes competition. It emerges out of the desire to highlight what relationships among women in the long eighteenth century tell us about the emotional lives and the creative work of women. The essays collected attest to the vital practice of commemorating women’s artistic and personal relationships and in doing so illuminate the complexity of female friendships and honor as well the robust creativity and intellectual work contributed by women to early modern culture.

With collaborators at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Virginia Commonwealth University, I am developing a database of women writers’ networks, beginning with the overlapping lives and writings of Aphra Behn, Anne Finch, and Elizabeth Thomas. My initial focus will be on Behn’s extensive poetry, and the people and place names associated with it.

I have directed seven dissertations and am in the process of directing half a dozen more; five of my former students have full-time appointments in faculty positions at colleges or universities. (One is a theatre director and writer and founding director of The Vanguard in Ft. Lauderdale.) My students have written dissertations mostly, but not exclusively, on eighteenth-century subjects ranging from ecocritical readings of women’s poetry, Behn’s The Rover in contemporary productions directed by women, food and women’s travel writing, the animal-human continuum, animal speech in eighteenth-century literature, corpus analysis of revenge tragedy and medical discourse of the early modern period, to animals in Florida literature. I have served on over thirty PhD committees and twenty-five masters degree committees.

If you are a graduate student interested in working with me, I would greatly appreciate it if you read some of my scholarship and then set up an appointment to talk with me. You can find many of my articles in the Scholar Commons USF Faculty Publications or on Academia.Edu http://usf.academia.edu/LauraRunge