Peter DeGabriele

Peter DeGabriele

Associate Professor


270-D Allen
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS 39762


  • Ph.D. 2009 The University at Buffalo-SUNY
  • M.A. 2006 The University at Buffalo-SUNY
  • B.A. 2002 The Australian National University

Teaching Interests

Eighteenth-Century British Literature; Literary Theory

Recent Courses


Peter DeGabriele specialises in the study of eighteenth century literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the relation between literary texts and the political philosophy and epistemology of the period. His book, Sovereign Power and the Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Literature and the Problem of the Political, was published by Bucknell University Press in 2015. The book examines the role of the novelists and historians of the eighteenth century in developing a vision of political modernity that questions traditional narratives about the rise of liberalism and the decline of sovereign power. Dr. DeGabriele has also published articles on Frances Burney, David Hume, and Daniel Defoe, and is currently at work on a new book project on the concept of proximity in the Enlightenment.

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