Lee Kahan

Lee Kahan

Associate Professor of English

Contact Information

Office Location: Wiekamp Hall, Room DW 3171
Office Phone: (574) 520-4305

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Ph.D. State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, English Literature, 2006
M.A. Eastern Kentucky University, English Literature/Rhetoric and Composition Studies, 1996
B.A. Averett University, English and Journalism/Communications, 1992

I arrived at IU South Bend in the fall of 2006, after teaching at Northeastern University in Boston. My specialty is the literature and culture of Britain in the long eighteenth century (1660-1830). This was a tumultuous period, during which Britain experienced a number of revolutions, both political and cultural: the removal of kings at home and abroad; the waning of aristocratic privilege and rise of a new middle class; and the separation of (male) public and (female) private spheres. In my classes, I want students to see not only how these revolutions were represented in literature but also how that literature took part in and helped to shape them. My own research concentrates on the intersections between two emergent genres of the period: the novel and the newspaper. I'm particularly interested in how formal elements of the modern novel--"round" characters, plot coherence, omniscient narration--come into being through the novel's response to concerns about the period's burgeoning information culture.


Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture

The History of the Novel

Media Theory and History


T190 Literary and Intellectual Traditions

T390 Advanced Literary and Intellectual Traditions

L202 Literary Interpretation

L207 Women and Literature

L222 Introduction to Literary Theory

E302 Literatures in English, 1600-1800

L329 Romanticism

L501 Professional Scholarship in Literature

L631 English Literature, 1660-1790

Grants, Fellowships and Awards


Indiana University Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching (FACET), inducted Spring 2012

Trustees’ Teaching Award, Indiana University, Spring 2011 and 2009

Curriculum Development Grant, IUSB, Summer 2008


Faculty Research Grant, IUSB, Summer 2007 and 2009

New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Exploration Traveling Fellowship, Indiana University-Bloomington, Summer 2008



"'I See the World Without Going into It': Manley’s New Atalantis and the Problem of Mass Mediation in the English Enlightenment." The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. Accepted for publication.

“‘A Thousand Little Things’: Seriality and the Dangers of Suspense in The Spectator and Moll Flanders.” Digital Defoe 1.1 (Summer 2009): 25-44.

“Fathoming Intelligence: The ‘Impartial’ Novelist and the Passion for News in Tobias Smollett’s Ferdinand Count Fathom.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 21.2 (Winter 2008-9): 229-57.

 ---. Reprinted in Literature Criticism from 1400-1800. Vol. 188. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale/Cengage Learning, 2012.


Tobias Smollett in the Enlightenment, by Richard J. Jones. The Scriblerian. Solicited July 2012.

The Adventures of Roderick Random, by Tobias Smollett. Modern Language Review 108.2 (April 2013): 632-3.

Moll Flanders (Oxford World Classics), by Daniel Defoe. Eighteenth-Century Fiction 25.3 (2013): 639-641.

Imperial Characters: Home and Periphery in Eighteenth-Century Literature, by Tara Ghoshal Wallace. The Scriblerian 45.1 (Autumn 2012): 109-11.

The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker (Oxford World Classics), by Tobias Smollett. The Scriblerian 44.2 (Spring 2012): 53-55.

Recent Presentations

“Periodical ‘Personalities’ and Novelistic Character in the Late Eighteenth-Century.” 44th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Cleveland, OH: 4-7 April 2013.

“Manley, Marlborough and the Mediated Public Sphere.” 43rd Annual Meeting of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Oxford, UK. 4-6 Jan. 2012.

“Sheridan’s Smithian School for Scandal.” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Buffalo, NY. 21-23 October 2010.

“Frances Burney Makes the News.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies 16th Annual Meeting. Dallas, TX. 22-25 October 2009.

“Newspaper Seriality and the Morality of Abridgement in the Early English Novel.” 40th Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Richmond, VA. 26-29 March 2009.

“Selling Suspense: The Pleasures and Profits of Seriality in the Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper.” 15th Annual Meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Philadelphia, PA. 20-23 November 2008.

“Regulating Scandal: the Information Economies of Late Eighteenth-Century Literature.” Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Portland, OR: 27-30 March 2008.

“Burney’s Invisible Hand: Economies of Information in Cecilia.” Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Cleveland, OH. 8-11 November 2007.

“Liars, Incorporated: The Commerce of Intelligence in Delarivier Manley’s New Atlantis.”  Thirty-sixth Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Las Vegas, NV: 31 March-3 April 2005.

“‘Enemies to Literature:’ Newspapers in the Poems of George Crabbe and William Cowper.” Annual Conference of the Mid-West American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. St. Louis, MO. 7-10 October 2004.

“England’s ‘New Manufacture:’ Daniel Defoe and the Economy of Information.”  British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 33rd Annual Conference. Oxford, UK. 3-5 January 2004.

 “The Nausea of Interpretation: Speed, Seriality and Reading Culture in Tobias Smollet’s Humphrey Clinker.”  11th Annual Debartolo Conference. Tampa, FL. 19-21 February 2003.

“‘Dear Mr. Spectre:’ Procedures of Omniscience in the Spectator Papers.” South-East American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Chapel Hill, NC. 22-23 April 2002.