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). 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 (

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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