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Ann L. Kibbie

Associate Professor of English

Contact Information


Massachusetts Hall - 208

Teaching this semester

ENGL 1012 / GSWS 1025. Jane Austen

Ann Kibbie
A study of Jane Austen’s major works, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion.

ENGL 2305. Imagining London in Eighteenth-Century Literature

Ann Kibbie
Focuses on journals, plays, poems, and novels in which London itself plays a vital role, including James Boswell’s “London Journal,” Daniel Defoe’s “Moll Flanders,” John Gay’s “Trivia”; or the “Art of Walking the Streets of London,” and Frances Burney’s “Evelina.” In addition to engaging in critical analysis of these literary texts, students learn how to use digital mapping, spatial analysis, and image markup to imagine eighteenth-century London and work collaboratively to create maps charting the movements of real people (such as Boswell) and fictional characters (such as Moll Flanders) within the city. Theaters, coffeehouses, shops, prisons, hospitals, and parks are among the public spaces explored in order to contextualize, enrich, and question the literature. Note: Fulfills the pre-1800 requirement for English majors.

Ann Kibbie Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program, Bowdoin College


  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1990
  • B.A. Boston University, 1981

Teaching Areas

Milton; Restoration and eighteenth-century literature (all genres); the novel; the gothic; the sentimental; Jane Austen.

Research Interests

Representations of money and capital in early modern literature; the eighteenth-century novel; Samuel Richardson; sentimentalism; the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century gothic; law and literature; literature and the history of medicine.



"The Estate, the Corpse, and the Letter: Posthumous Possession in Clarissa," ELH, Spring 2007, Vol. 74, Issue 1, pp. 117-143.

"Circulating Anti-Semitism: Charles Johnstone's Chrysal," in The Secret Life of Things: Animals, Objects, and It-Narratives in Eighteenth-Century England, ed. Mark Blackwell (Bucknell University Press, 2007).

"Object Narratives," Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, forthcoming from Oxford University Press

"Monstrous Generation: The Birth of Capital in Defoe's Moll Flanders and Roxana," PMLA 110 (1995) 1023-1034. Reprinted in Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders, Norton Critical Edition, ed. Albert J. Rivero, New York: W.W. Norton, 2004.

"Sentimental Properties: Pamela and Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure," ELH 58.3 (1991) 561-577. ( link to article » locked jstor )

The Secret Life of Things     moll flanders

"The Mint of Nothing: From Usury to Literary Property." Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Halifax, Nova Scotia. November 2001.

"The Narrative of Circulation and the Blood Libel: Charles Johnstone's Chrysal." British Comparative Literature Association Ninth International Conference. University of Wales, Swansea. July 2001. ( abstract » )

"A New Species of Property: Anatomy, Embalming, and Clarissa's Corpse." The Conference of the Modern Language Association. Washington D.C. December 2000.

"The Dead Hand of Ownership: Clarissa and the Property in Corpses." Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Portland, Maine. October 2000.

"I am Nobody's': Clarissa, Corpses, and the Limits of Property." Northeast Conference of the Modern Language Association. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. April 1999.

"For the Blood is the Life': Blood Transfusion, Obstetrics, and Stoker's Dracula." International Conference on Narrative. Dartmouth College. April 1999.

"Draining Bodies: Blood Transfusion and Vampirism in Braddon's 'Good Lady Ducayne' and Stoker's Dracula." Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference. Berkeley, California. April 1997.

"The Terror in the Wax Museum: Realism and the French Revolution." The Conference of the Modern Language Association. Toronto. December 1993.

"Defoe's Roxana and the Character of Capital." Fourth Annual Meeting of the Aphra Behn Society. Portland, Maine. September 1993.

"Nature's Unbounded Son': Richard Savage and the Strategies of Self-Authorship." The DeBartolo Conference for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Tampa Florida. February 1991.

"The Lady's Legacy: Will and Female Personality." The Midwest American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. Macomb Illinois. October 1990.

NEH Summer Stipend (Summer 2000)

Finalist, William Riley Parker Prize for an Outstanding Article in PMLA for "Monstrous Generation: The Birth of Capital in Defoe's Moll Flanders and Roxana" (1995)

Karofsky Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Bowdoin College (1992)