Mark Vareschi

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Assistant Professor
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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

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

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.