Natasha Tessone

  • Associate Professor of English

Areas of Study


  • PhD, Princeton University, 2006


Natasha Tessone’s research and teaching interests include 18th- and 19th-century literature, Romantic poetry, theories of the novel, Irish and Scottish literature, the Scottish Enlightenment, nationalism in literature, and postcolonial theory. Her articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as ELH, Studies in Romanticism, Studies in the Novel, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and Èire-Ireland.

Her book, Disputed Titles: Ireland, Scotland, and the Novel of Inheritance, 1798-1832 (Bucknell University Press, 2015), argues for the centrality of inheritance—often impeded, disrupted inheritance—to the novel’s rise to preeminence in Britain during the Romantic period.

  • Disputed Titles: Ireland, Scotland, and the Novel of Inheritance, 1798-1832 (Bucknell University Press, 2015)

  • Evan Gottlieb. Walter Scott and Contemporary Theory (Bloomsbury Academic: London and New York, 2013). (Review, Studies in the Novel, Summer 2014.)

  • “Tending to the (National) Economy: Walter Scott’s The Antiquary and ‘that happy commerce’ of the Enlightenment.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 26.2 (Winter 2013-14): 261-80.

  • Fiona Robertson, ed. The Edinburgh Companion to Sir Walter Scott. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012. British Association for Romantic Studies Bulletin and Review 42 (June 2013): 23-24. (Review.)

  • “Entailing the Nation: Inheritance and History in Walter Scott’s The Antiquary.” Studies in Romanticism 51.2 (Summer 2012): 149-77.

  • Ian Duncan. Scott’s Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. Studies in the Novel 41.4 (Winter 2009): 490-92. (Review.)

  • “‘Homage to the empty armour’: Maria Edgeworth’s Harrington and the Pathology of National Heritage.” ELH 75 (Summer 2008): 439-69.

  • “Displaying Ireland: Lady Morgan and the Politics of Spectacular Antiquarianism.” Eire-Ireland 37 (2002): 169-87.

Fall 2023

Jane Austen and Company: Romantic Revolutions — ENGL 227
What is Literature: Introduction to the Advanced Study of Literature — ENGL 299

Spring 2024

Comically Serious: Graphic Novels and the Art of Storytelling — ENGL 204
From Don Quixote to Persepolis: History of the Novel — ENGL 318
Senior Tutorial — ENGL 400