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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. He has published articles on such topics as eighteenth-century journalism, the rhetoric of cosmopolitanism, and the afterlives of 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 working on a book about the entangled histories of reading Jane Austen and the discipline of literary studies.


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

Selected Publications:

  • “Teaching Austen in the Age of TikTok” (co-written with Carolyn Brown), Persuasions:The Jane Austen Journal On-Lline 44.1 (2023)
  • “Virginia Woolf and the Gentlemen Janeites, or the Origins of Modern Austen Criticism, 1870-1929,” Jane Austen and Masculinity (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2017), 211-29
  • 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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