Dr Joel Sodano

Title: Lecturer in English
Phone: (+44) 01782 733882
Email: J.Sodano@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB2.055
Role: Module convenor
Contacting me: By email

Before beginning at Keele, I was a Future Faculty Fellow and instructor in English at the University at Albany in upstate New York, where my doctoral project was awarded the honor of Outstanding Dissertation in English. As an American scholar of 18th-century British literature, I am excited for the opportunity to immerse myself in the history and culture of Staffordshire (and points beyond) and look forward to sharing with students my knowledge of three-hundred-year-old English traditions while also gaining an appreciation for some more updated manners and customs. I am currently at work on a monograph, ‘Novel Passions: An Emotional History of Eighteenth-Century Fiction,’ which explores the coeval development of modern affective experience and the rise of the novel.

My work approaches eighteenth-century texts as nodes in the relational network of emotions discourse, empiricist epistemology, and aesthetic theory. My current book project, ‘Novel Passions: An Emotional History of Eighteenth-Century Fiction,’ explores the literary-historical implications of an emergent ‘emotional modernity’ coming to fruition, in Britain, over the course of the eighteenth century. Through exploration of key texts of the Long Eighteenth Century—from John Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689) to Jane Austen’s Emma(1815), by way of Eliza Haywood’s amatory fiction, Samuel Richardson’s domestic novel in letters, and Laurence Sterne’s salacious sentimentalism—‘Novel Passions’ traces an intertextual conversation about the nature and function of ‘the passions’ that takes place as part and parcel of the novel’s rise.

Recently, I have published on John Locke and Addison & Steele’s The Spectator, and I have a chapter in process on (Richardson, Sterne, and Austen) for a book on affect theory and literary-critical practice.

My other scholarly interests include cultural studies, literary theory, and paratextual book history. 

Selected Publications

Sodano JP. Forthcoming. ‘Semblances of Affect in the Early English Novel: Sterne, Richardson, Austen.’ In Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice: A Feel for the Text. Palgrave Macmillan.

 Sodano JP. 2017. ‘Uneasy Passions: The Spectator’s Divergent Interpretations of Locke’s Theory of Emotion.’ The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, vol. 58(3).

Journal Articles

Sodano JP. 2017. ‘Uneasy Passions: The Spectator’s Divergent Interpretations of Locke’s Theory of Emotion.’ The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, vol. 58(3).

Book Chapters

Sodano JP. Forthcoming. ‘Semblances of Affect in the Early English Novel: Sterne, Richardson, Austen.’ In Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice: A Feel for the Text. Palgrave Macmillan.

Other

Sodano JP. Forthcoming. Entry for "Encounter" in the Bloomsbury Handbook to Literary and Cultural Theory. Bloomsbury Publishing.

I am a firm believer in the importance of collaboration and the valuable role that community plays in education, and these beliefs are expressed in my commitment to Team-Based Learning pedagogy.

In the 2017-18 academic year I will be convening Sex, Scandal, and Society: Eighteenth-Century Writing (level 6, semester 1) and Medieval Literature (level 5, semester 2). I will also be teaching on Reading Literature, Telling Tales, and Romanticisms.