AboutCourtney Weiss Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Affiliated Faculty in the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University. Her research and teaching focus on the literary, cultural, and intellectual history of England in the long eighteenth century. Her first book, Empiricist Devotions, was the winner of the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize for outstanding scholarship in eighteenth-century studies. Currently, she is working on an intellectual history of poetic sound (including ideas about rhyme, onomatopoeia, polyptoton, echo, and meter). The project explores how poets but also philosophers and natural philosophers understood the material forms that words took.
–Empiricist Devotions Science, Religion, and Poetry in Early Eighteenth-Century England (University of Virginia Press, 2016)
—Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered, ed. Kate Parker and Courtney Weiss Smith (Bucknell University Press, 2014)
–“The Matter of Language: or, What Does ‘The Sound
must seem an Eccho
to the Sense
‘ Mean?” ELH
–“Rhyme and Reason in John Wilkins’s Philosophical Language Scheme” Modern Philology 115.2 (2017): 183-212.
–“Anne Finch’s Descriptive Turn,” in “Bruno Latour and Eighteenth-Century Literary Studies,” ed. Christina Lupton and Sean Silver, with Adam Sneed, special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 57.2 (2016): 251-65.
See also a recent blog post, at Stanford’s Arcade: “The Science of Prosody, circa 1677”