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Laura  Runge

Laura Runge

Laura Runge
Professor of English


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


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 seven books, various articles, book chapters, essays, digital projects, and reviews.  My intellectual home is the late seventeenth century, and my analytic focus is historical, intersectional, 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).  My current research project is a corpus analysis of Aphra Behn’s works, based on the print editions of the seventeenth century, and I’ve been ably assisted in this work by Dana Laitinen and Stephanie Harper. 

My most recent book, published in spring 2019 is the collection of essays I co-edited with Jessica Cook, entitled The Circuit of Apollo: Eighteenth-century Women’s Tributes to WomenThe 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.

I have directed nine dissertations to completion and am in the process of directing or co-directing three more.  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, to corpus analysis of revenge tragedy and medical discourse of the early modern period, and 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.

Recent and notable publications

  • “Eliza Haywood's Digital Humanity, or EH in DH: An Overview.” In Tiffany Potter (ed). MLA Approaches to Teaching Eliza Haywood. New York: MLA, 2020: 185-195.
  • Circuit of Apollo: Eighteenth-century Women’s Tributes to Women, co-edited with Jessica L. Cook, University of Delaware Press, 2019.
  • “Austen and Computation 2.0,” Texas Studies in Literature and Language, special issue: What’s Next for Jane Austen, ed. Janine Barchas and Devoney Looser, December 2019: 397-415.
  • "Editing Aphra Behn in the Digital Age: An Interview with Gillian Wright and Alan Hogarth," ABO, vol.8, issue 2 (Fall 2018).
  • “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.
  • 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.


PhD, Emory University (English with certificate in Women’s Studies)