Wesleyan portrait of Courtney Weiss  Smith

Courtney Weiss Smith

Associate Professor of English

Downey House, 294 High Street, 301

Associate Professor, Science in Society


BA University Of Dayton
MA Washington University
PHD Washington University

Courtney Weiss Smith

Courtney Weiss Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Affiliated Faculty in the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University. Her research and teaching focus on the literary, cultural, and intellectual history of England in the long eighteenth century. Her book, Empiricist Devotions: Science, Religion, and Poetry in Early Eighteenth-Century England (University of Virginia Press, 2016), is the winner of the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize for outstanding scholarship in eighteenth-century studies. Currently, she is working on an intellectual history of poetic sound (including rhyme, onomatopoeia, and echo).

Selected Publications:

“Rhyme and Reason in John Wilkins’s Philosophical Language Scheme” (forthcoming in Modern Philology)

“Anne Finch’s Descriptive Turn,” in “Bruno Latour and Eighteenth-Century Literary Studies,” ed. Christina Lupton and Sean Silver, with Adam Sneed, special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 57.2 (2016): 251-65.

Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered, ed. Kate Parker and Courtney Weiss Smith (Bucknell University Press, 2014; paperback, 2015).

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fall 2017: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45-4:15pm and by appointment

Office Location: 294 High St (Downey) #301


Spring 2018
ENGL 201F - 01
Ways of Reading: Literature

ENGL 210 - 01
The Rise of the Novel