Laura J. Rosenthal is the author of Infamous Commerce: Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture (Cornell, 2006), which shows how representations of sex work reveal as much about work as they do about sex in novels (Defoe, Richardson, Fielding); scandal narratives (whore biographies, pornography); travel narratives; and reformist writing. She is also author of Playwrights and Plagiarists in Early Modern Drama: Gender, Authorship, Literature Property (Cornell, 1996); editor of Nightwalkers: Prostitute Narratives from the Eighteenth Century (Broadview, 2008); and co-editor (with Donna Heiland) of Literary Study, Measurement, and the Sublime: Disciplinary Assessment (Teagle Foundation, 2011) and (with Mita Choudhury) of Monstrous Dreams of Reason: Body, Self, and Other in the Enlightenment (Bucknell, 2002). She won a Newberry/British Academy Award for Research in Great Britain; the Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for study at the Newberry Library; an NEH Summer Award; and a Folger Shakespeare Library Short-Term Fellowship. She has recently served as the ADVANCE Professor for the College of Arts and Humanities. She is currently completing a project on theater and cosmopolitanism, 1660-1760. Professor Rosenthal also serves as the Director for Faculty Leadership in the Office of Faculty Affairs and as editor of the journal Restoration.
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1990
Infamous Commerce: Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture (Cornell University Press, 2006)
Nightwalkers: Prostitute Narratives from the Eighteenth Century (Broadview Press, 2008)
Literary Study, Measurement, and the Sublime (co-edited with Donna Heiland and published by the Teagle Foundation, 2011; available in full through link).
“Upon the Town: Staging London in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century,” in Lawrence Manley, ed. The Cambridge Companion to London in the Eighteenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
“Outcomes Assessment, the Public Research University and the Humanities,” in Peggy Maki ed., Coming to Terms with Student Outcomes Assessment (Sterling, VA: Stylus Press, 2010): 153-166.
“Women Playwrights and Cultural Studies in the Classroom: The Case of Aphra Behn’s The Rover,” in Catherine Burroughs and Bonnie Nelson, eds. Approaches to Teaching Women Playwrights from the Restoration and Eighteenth Century (MLA, 2010).
“’All injury’s forgot’: Restoration Sex Comedy and National Amnesia,” Comparative Drama, 42, 1 (2008): 7-28.
“Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama: New Directions in the Field” Literature Compass, 5.2 (2008): 174-194.
Guest Editor, Special issue on “The Future of Feminist Theory” for The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 2009.
College of Arts and Humanities 2012 Faculty Service Award
Teaching Excellence Award, Florida State University, 1995
Director for Faculty Leadership, Office for Faculty Affairs (current)
Editor: Restoration: Studies in Literature and Culture, 1660-1700 (current)
ARHU ADVANCE Professor
Chair, ARHU Committee on Student Learning
Chair, Senate CORE/ General Education Committee
Committee Membership: General Education Implementation Committee, ARHU APT, University Senate, Senate/Provost Task Force to Review APT Process