Rachel K Carnell (Prof. Carnell), Ph.D
 Title: Professor
 Dept: English
 Office: RT 1810
 Phone: 216-687-3973
 Email: R.CARNELL@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://www.csuohio.edu/english/faculty/carnell.html
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1810, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
British novel, narrative realism, Rise of the Novel, partisan politics, secret history, Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, Charlotte Lennox, Jane Austen
Ph.D., English, Boston University, 1995
M.A., English, Boston University, 1989
B.A., French, Haverford College, 1984
Brief Bio:
As the English department's specialist in eighteenth-century British literature, I teach courses on the eighteenth-century British novel and other related topics, such as Restoration drama and eighteenth-century satire. I also teach courses on nineteenth-century novelists, including Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. I am the author of three books and co-editor of a scholarly edition and an essay collection.

My most recent book, Backlash: Libel, Populism, and Impeachment in the Reign of Queen Anne, published by the University of Virginia Press, is due out in November 2020.


My other publications include a scholarly book on the political history of the British novel, and a biography of the satirist Delarivier Manley. I co-edited of a five-volume scholarly edition of the works of Manley; my research for this biography was supported by a year-long fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  I am the co-editor of a collection of essays on secret histories from 1660 to 1820.  

My scholarly research articles have touched on authors from Aphra Behn, Eliza Haywood, Anne Bronte, Samuel Richardson, Charlotte Lennox, Delarivier Manley, to Jane Austen. I have published several research articles about political secret history and about women writers of satire.
Honors and Awards:
Cleveland State Awards

2018  CLASS Distinguished Faculty Award in Scholarship

2014  Golden Apple Award, Cleveland State Young Alumni Council

Academic Awards

1993 Angela J. and James J. Rallis Scholarship, Boston University

1983 Phi Beta Kappa, Haverford College
Research Interests:
Eighteenth-century British Literature
The Rise of the Novel
Political Secret History
Eighteenth-century Political Satire
Delarivier Manley
Eliza Haywood
Jane Austen
Charlotte Lennox
Aphra Behn
Anne Bronte
Teaching Areas:
Eighteenth-century British literature (ENG 333/533)
The Rise of the Novel (ENG 350/533)
Satire (ENG 333/533/495)
Jane Austen (ENG 495)
The Courtship Plot (ENG 495)
The Bronte Sisters (ENG 495)
Writing about Literature (ENG 241)
Professional Affiliations:
Modern Language Associate (MLA)
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS)
Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS)
University Service:
Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees
Faculty Senate Secretary
Research Grants:
2007-08 National Endowment for the Humanities, year-long fellowship - $40,000
2000 Project Director for Ohio Humanities Council grant - $20,000

Cleveland State Awards
2019  Faculty Scholarship Initiative Grant - $4360
2018  Faculty Scholarship Initiative Grant - $7500
2015  Faculty Scholarship Initiative Grant - $5000
2004  Established Full-time Faculty Research Grant - $8100
2000  College of Arts and Sciences Scholarly Travel Grant - $3000
1997  Established Full-Time Faculty Research Grant - $9986