Department of English

University of Mississippi

Jason Solinger


Jason Solinger specializes in the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century. His research interests include the early novel, the politics of taste, masculinity studies and the history of criticism. Professor Solinger has published articles on such topics and authors as eighteenth-century journalism, Alexander Pope and Jane Austen. His book, Becoming the Gentleman, part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Global Masculinities series, explains why men and women in the eighteenth century were haunted by the question of what it meant to be a gentleman. He is currently at work on a new book on geographical and cultural insularity.


  • Ph.D., Brown University, 2004
  • M.A., San Diego State University, 1996
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1993

Selected Publications:

  • Becoming the Gentleman: British Literature and the Invention of Modern Masculinity, 1660-1815 (New York: Palgrave, 2012)
  • “Thomas Paine’s Continental Mind,” Early American Literature 45 (2010): 593-617
  • “Eighteenth-Century Journalism,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, Ed. David Scott Kastan, Oxford UP, 2006
  • “Jane Austen and the Gentrification of Commerce,” NOVEL 38 (2005): 272-90
  • “The Politics of Alexander Pope’s Urbanity,” Genre 36.1-2 (2003): 47-79

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