Barbara K. Seeber

Faculty of Humanities




Barbara K. Seeber

English Language & Literature

Associate Professor
PhD Queen's

Areas of Specialization:

My primary areas of writing and teaching are Jane Austen, eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century fiction, and Animal Studies. I'm the author of Jane Austen and Animals (Ashgate, 2013) and General Consent in Jane Austen: A Study of Dialogism (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000). My current book project, tentatively entitled "The Slow Professor," is in collaboration with Maggie Berg (Queen's University) and explores academic stress in the context of the increasing corporatisation of higher education. 

Selected publications:

"The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy." Transformative Dialogues: Teaching & Learning Journal 6.3 (2013). With Maggie Berg.

"'Me, a tuneful Poet': Jane Austen's Verse." Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal 33 (2011): 148-153.

"'Does it not make you think of Cowper?': Rural Sport in Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries." Fellow Romantics: Male and Female British Writers, 1790-1835. Ed. Beth Lau. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2009. 159-177.

"'I sympathize in their pains and pleasures': Women and Animals in Mary Wollstonecraft." Animal Subjects: An Ethical Reader in a Posthuman World. Ed. Jodey Castricano. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2008. 223-240.

"A Bennet Utopia: Adapting the Father in Pride and Prejudice." Persuasions On-Line 27.2 (2007).

"Monkeys, Bullfinches, Cats and Dogs in Frances Burney's Fiction." A Celebration of Frances Burney. Ed. Lorna J. Clark. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. 100-111.

"The Hunting Ideal, Animal Rights, and Feminism in Northanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility." Lumen 23 (2004): 295-308.

"Nature, Animals, and Gender in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park and Emma ." LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 13.4 (2002): 269-285.