Lynn Festa
Associate Professor of English


Restoration & Eighteenth Century

Cross Cultural Contacts; Eighteenth Century Literature

"In my teaching, I try to give students a sense of what makes the eighteenth century exciting and relevant to our historical moment, but I also want them to see how deeply alien it was. This was a period whose technologies, belief systems, and social structures were completely unlike those that construct the modern world. Part of why I love teaching eighteenth century texts is because of that electric contact with a way of thinking that is so emphatically not our own."

Office / Office Hours

36 Union Street, Room 108, College Ave Campus

Awards and Affiliations

  • Graduate Teaching Prize, Department of English, Graduate Student Association, University of Wisconsin, 2007
  • Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2005-6
  • James L. Clifford Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2005-06
  • Co-Coordinator, Atlantic Studies Working Group, Center for Cultural Analysis, 2008-


PhD, University of Pennsylvania
MA, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Yale University

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