Mark Vareschi

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Assistant Professor
6105 Helen C. White
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Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama, Digital Humanities, History of Authorship, History of the Book, Intellectual Property, Philosophy and Literature, Literary Theory, Gender and Sexuality

Degrees and Institutions

PhD, English, Rutgers University, 2011
MA, English, Rutgers University, 2007
BA, English, Ithaca College, 2003

Selected Publications

“Intention and the Eighteenth-Century Text,” with Jess Keiser. Introduction and collected essays. Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 47 (2017).

“Objects, Numbers, Meaning: The Eighteenth-Century Playbill at Scale” with Mattie Burkert Theatre Journal, 68.4 (2016): 597-613.

“Anonymity, Intention, Motive, and EvelinaEnglish Literary History, 82.4 (2015): 1135-1158.

“Reading (And Not Reading) Anonymity: Daniel Defoe, An Essay on the Regulation of the Press and A Vindication of the Press.Authorship, 4.1 (2015).

“Attribution and Repetition: The Case of Daniel Defoe and the Circulating Library.” Eighteenth-Century Life 36.2 (2012): 36-59.

Current Projects

My current book project considers anonymity and anonymous publication in the British eighteenth century. Far from being an anomaly, my project shows the typicality of anonymous publication in the period and argues that attention to the anonymous status of texts was largely contingent upon the mediated nature of the text. My work seeks to intervene in the story we tell about the emergence of literature as a discrete category and to chart a method for historical literary criticism in the absence of pre-determined categories like author and work.


At UW-Madison I teach undergraduate courses on Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and culture including the recent “Mediating Eighteenth-Century Literature” and “Daniel Defoe.” I also teach courses on the eighteenth-century novel, eighteenth-century drama, gender and sexuality in Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, animals in eighteenth-century Britain, and literary theory. My graduate courses in eighteenth-century literature consider the material conditions of textual production.