3 days / 70+ speakers
80+ seminars, workshops, and panels
National Symposium for Classical Education

Phoenix Convention Center
February 22-24, 2023
Arizona State University

Devoney Looser

Devoney Looser is Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University. (Her name is pronounced DEV-oh-nee LOE-sir.).

Dr. Devoney Looser is the author or editor of nine books on literature by women, a Guggenheim Fellow, and an NEH Public Scholar. Her next book, Sister Novelists: Jane and Anna Maria Porter in the Age of Austen, will be published October 25, 2022 from Bloomsbury USA.

Her book The Making of Jane Austen (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017) was named a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book (Nonfiction). She’s the editor of The Daily Jane Austen: A Year of Quotes (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Looser’s essays have appeared in The New York TimesTheWashington Post, The AtlanticSalonSlate, and the TLS. She’s written on professional issues for The Chronicle of Higher Educationand has been interviewed about Austen on CNN.

She teaches ASU undergraduate and graduate courses (in person and online) in British literature, the history of the novel, and women’s writings. She’s played roller derby as Stone Cold Jane Austen and serves as faculty adviser to the ASU Derby Devils. For further information, see Devoney Looser’s website or subscribe to her newsletter.


How Jane Austen’s Novels Went to School

In this image-rich presentation, Devoney Looser will describe the little-known history of how Jane Austen first came to be taught in schools, especially in modern letters (or literature) classrooms and in elocution or drama courses for girls and women in the United States and Great Britain. Looser will offer food for thought about “Textbook Austens,” as well as what it means and has meant to bring her masterful fiction before students from the nineteenth century to the present day.