Stephanie Insley Hershinow is Associate Professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY, where she specializes in eighteenth-century British literature, the history and theory of the novel, experimental literature, and literary theory. She has held a postdoc with the Rutgers University Center for Cultural Analysis and fellowships from the Rotary Foundation and the Fulbright Program. In the summer of 2016, she participated in the NEH summer seminar “Post-secular Studies and the Rise of the English Novel, 1719-1897.” Her book, Born Yesterday: Inexperience and the Early Novel, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2019, with a paperback in 2020.

Buy Born Yesterday here! https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/born-yesterday

She owns 22 [ed. now 23!] different ratty paperback editions of Henry Fielding’s comic masterpiece, Joseph Andrews.


PhD, Johns Hopkins University

MA, University of York, UK

BA, College of William and Mary



“The Incest Plot,” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (2020).

Born Yesterday: Inexperience and the Early Novel (forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019)

“The Best of Intentions,” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture

“Romantic Selfhood and the Selfie: Relating to the Novel,” Romantic Circles Pedagogy Commons

“Clarissa’s Conjectural History,” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation

“When Experience Matters: Tom Jones and Virtue Rewarded,” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction



Review of Wendy Anne Lee, Failures of Feeling: Insensibility and the Novel, Eighteenth-Century Fiction

Review of Jennifer Preston Wilson and Elizabeth Kraft’s MLA Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Henry FieldingThe Scriblerian

“Lady Parts,” review of the Queen’s Company production of Aphra Behn’s Sir Patient FancyAphra Behn Online

Review of Rae Greiner’s Sympathetic Realism in Nineteenth-Century British LiteratureVictoriographies

Review of R. Jay Magill, Jr.’s Sincerity, Journal of Social History

Blog Posts

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Clarissa by the Numbers,” ASECS, March 2018

Roundtable “ASECS and V21,” ASECS, March 2018

“The Incest Plot,” Society for Novel Studies, May 2018

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