Barbara K. Seeber

Faculty of Humanities

Barbara K. Seeber

English Language & Literature

PhD Queen's

2014 Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching

Office: GLN 141
Phone: 905.688.5550 x 3470

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). "The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy," co-authored with Maggie Berg (Queen's University), will be published by University of Toronto Press in the spring of 2016.

Here is a link to a recent conversation about Mary Wollstonecraft, feminism, nature, and animals with C.S.Soong, producer and host of Against the Grain: A Program about Politics, Society and Ideas, a radio and web media project based at Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, Carlifornia:


Selected articles:

"Mary Wollstonecraft: 'Systemiz[ing] Oppression.'" Engaging Nature: Environmentalism and the Political Theory Canon. Ed. Peter F. Cannavò and Joseph H. Lane Jr. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014. 173-188.

"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.


Prof. Seeber's latest publication

Jane Austen and Animals

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