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Dana Gliserman- Kopans

Dana Gliserman Kopans is a professor in the Department of Literature, Communication, and Cultural Studies.  She works in eighteenth-century British literature and culture, and her interests are in gender and in the intersections of legal, medical, and cultural history.  Her teaching interests include the Medical Humanities, British Literature, Children's and Young Adult literature, and other topics in literary and cultural studies. She serves as an associate editor of The Burney Journal, and is currently working on early modern theories of conception. Other work concerns her personal obsessions of tea and chocolate.


  • Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University


  • The Burney Journal, Volumes 13 (2016) through 17 (2020).

  • “'One cannot be too secure': Wrongful Confinement, or, the Pathologies of the Domestic Economy.” Enabling: The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century. Ed. Chris Mounsey. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2014.
  • “'With the Affection of a Parent': The Invention of the Patriarchal Mad-Doctor.” The English Malady: Enabling and Disabling Fictions. Ed. Glen Colburn. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.
  • "Precedented: Novel Epistemologies in the Pandemic Era."  The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation 61 (Summer 2020): online supplement.

  • "'Indeed strangely altered': Critical Teaching after the Plague Year(s).  Pedagogy 23.2

  • "'My Heart is in the Work:' Presuming Competence and the Value of Academic Labor(s)." Explorations in Adult Higher Education (7).