Benjamin Pauley

IMG_5310 (2)Benjamin Pauley is Professor of English. He joined Eastern’s English department in 2004 after completing a PhD at Northwestern University with a specialization in eighteenth-century literature. Besides courses on eighteenth-century literature, he teaches a range of courses in the English major and the Liberal Arts core, including Introduction to Writing Literary Criticism, Introduction to Literature, and Eighteenth-Century Britain in Global Context. He is a founding member of the Defoe Society, and has served on the Society’s executive board since its inception. In addition to his teaching and research in eighteenth-century literature and cultural history, he works in the fields of bibliography (the study of books as material objects) and book history (the study of the cultural meanings of books and their transmission), often in digital contexts. He developed the website Eighteenth-Century Book Tracker to index links to freely-available facsimiles of eighteenth-century books and was the recipient, with Brian Geiger, of two Digital Humanities Research Grants from Google to facilitate the matching of scans to bibliographical records. Since 2015, he has co-taught a course on Digital Approaches to Bibliography and Book History at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.

Selected Publications:
“‘Far from a Consummate Lawyer’: William Godwin and the Treason Trials of the 1790s.” Reactions to Revolutions: The 1790s and their Aftermath, edited by Ulrich Broich, H. T. Dickinson, Eckhart Hellmuth, and Martin Schmidt. LIT Verlag, 2007.

“On Teaching Another Defoe.” Digital Defoe 1 (Spring 2009).

“‘This monstrous City’: Imagining London in A Tour Thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain.” Positioning Daniel Defoe’s non-Fiction: Function, Form, Genre, edited by Aino Mäkikalli and Andreas K. E. Mueller. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.

“Crusoe’s Rambling: Commerce and Nation in the Crusoe Novels.” Robinson Crusoe After 300 Years, edited by Andreas K. E. Mueller and Glynis Ridley. Bucknell University Press [forthcoming].