Enit K. Steiner holds a PhD in English Literature and a Lizentiat in French and English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Zurich. She was 2006-2008 a visiting fellow at the English Department of the University of California, Los Angeles, until she joined the English Department at the University of Zurich as a subsidy recipient of the Swiss National Science Foundation. She is the author of Jane Austen's Civilized Women: Morality, Gender and the Civilizing Process and editor of Frances Brooke's The History of Lady Julia Mandeville (www.pickeringchatto.com/mandeville).
Her fields of interest include the novel and its relationship with the philosophical thought of the Enlightenment, women's writing of the18th and 19th century, theory of criticism and the French-English literary exchange. She takes particular interest in the legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment, the modifications it underwent in the works of what we retrospectively call the Romantic era and how it continues to be discussed, refigured and applied in contemporary theories of human society.
Enit is working on a project that examines the extent to which cosmopolitan thought is part of utopian imagination. The project includes works ranging from early traditional utopian fiction to recent (feminist) science fiction whose utopian character is debatable. Its provisional title is "Sharing Wor(l)ds: Cosmopolitanism and Utopian Vision."
Dialogues on Mary Wollstonecrafts’ A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ed. E. K. Steiner (New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi, Winter 2013).
“Images of Masculinities and the Feminist Inflection”, in M. Laubli and S. Sali (eds), Männlichkeiten denken (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2011), pp. 219-38.
“Sociability, but what kind?”, in M. D’Ezio (ed.), Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi, forthcoming).
Articles and Reviews
“Bodies Playing on the Boundaries in Austen’s Juvenilia”, in Th. F. Steffen (ed.), Figurationen: Körpergrenzen/Body Boundaries (Cologne, Weimar and Vienna: Böhlau Press, 2011), pp. 61-72.
“Byron and the Albanians: Unearthing Identities”, Studia Albanica 2 (Tirana: Académie des Sciences Sociales, 2010), pp. 137-147.
Review of: Karen O’Brien, Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press, 2009. Variations (2010): 160-161.
“Jane Austen: A Woman’s Place in the Civilizing Process”, Clark Memorial Library Newsletter 45 (2007): 5-6.
“Harmony and Awakening”, Telegraf [Tirana] 26 Mar. 2007: 16.