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Scholarly Interest Report
Sarah Ellenzweig
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of English
  • B.A. (1990) Wesleyan University
  • Ph.D. (2000) Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Primary Department
   Department of English
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Research Areas
 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture; the British Enlightenment; Intellectual History; History of Philosophy; History of Science; Materialism and New Materialism
The Fringes of Belief: English Literature, Ancient Heresy, and the Politics of Freethinking, 1660-1720
 The manuscript is complete and ready to be reviewed by presses.
Teaching Areas
 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture; the British Enlightenment
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles

Sarah Ellenzweig, "The Faith of Unbelief: Rochester's 'Satyre,' Deism, and Religious Freethinking in 17th-Century England," Journal of British Studies, 44 (2005): 27-45.


"The Love of God and the Radical Enlightenment: Mary Astell's Brush with Spinoza." Journal of the History of Ideas, 64.3 (2003) : 379-97.


Ellenzweig, S. ""Hitherto Propertied: Rochester's Aristocratic Alienation and the Paradox of Class Formation in Restoration England."." ELH, 69 (2002) : 703-25.


Ellenzweig, S. "A Brush With Spinoza." The Center & Clark Newsletter, 39 (2002) : 4-5.

 Book chapters

Sarah Ellenzweig "Richard Bentley’s Paradise Lost and the Ghost of Spinoza." God and the EnlightenmentSubmitted


Sarah Ellenzweig "The Persistence of Clarissa." Philosophical Turns: Eighteenth-Century Literature and ThoughtIn Press

 Conference Paper

"A New Materialism of the Novel." The Future of Materialisms, Rice University. (April 25, 2014)


"Richard Bentley’s Paradise Lost and the Ghost of Spinoza." Early Modern and Contemporary Perspectives on Materialism , Rice University (with ENS-Lyon and CNRS-France). (February 23, 2014)

 Invited Talks

""Mary Astell and the Radical Enlightenment."." UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, Los Angeles. (April 4, 2002)


""Mary Astell's Spiritual Libertinism."." MLA, New York. (December 27, 2002)


""The Philosophical Life of English Enlightenment Feminism."." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Colorado Springs, CO. (April 3, 2002.)


"The Subjects of the Dressing Room: Epistemology and Swiftian Interiors." Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Philadelphia, PA. (November 15-18, 2001)


"“Lucretius in Motion,” American Society for 18th-Century Studies,." (March, 2012)


"“Periodizing Religious Radicalism: the Case of Milton’s Paradise Lost,” American Society forEighteenth-Century Studies. ." (March 2011.)


"Respondent: “The Sacred and the Secular,” North American Conference on British Studies.

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"Freethinking in Aphra Behn’s Translation of Fontenelle’s Entretiens sur la Pluralité des Mondes." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Las Vegas, NV. (April 2005)


delivering paper on 3-person panel on Seventeenth-Century Heresy.  "Lord Herbert of Cherbury and the Ancient Heresy." Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA. (December 29, 2004)


""Rochester's Heretical Influences"." International Association of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Los Angeles, CA. (August 6, 2003)


"Aphra Behn's Religious Libertinism." Modern Language Association, San Diego, CA. (December 28, 2003)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Jon Nelson, Ph.D. Comic Modes in the Long Eighteenth Century. (2014) (Thesis Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCLA Center for 17th & 18th-Century Studies (1/02-6/02)