Ph.D., Indiana University, 18th Century Literature
M.A., Boston University, Creative Writing
About Jeffrey Galbraith
Galbraith’s literary and cultural interests in eighteenth-century Britain include satire, Augustan humanism, print culture, amatory fiction, the domestic novel, and the transition from neoclassical to Gothic aesthetics. His research focuses on the ways in which authors negotiate changes resulting from the shift to a market-based economy and help contribute, ultimately, to a more ethical and autonomous conception of literature. His work also looks at how authors and printers engage with the process of secularization, with the goal of gaining greater insight into the ethics and politics of social change and the difficulty of maintaining religious identity in pluralistic societies.
Publications and Presentations
Dr. Galbraith has delivered conference papers on John Dryden, Jonathan Swift, the politics of eighteenth-century theater, at the University of Chicago and meetings of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, has presented a chapter of his dissertation at the Harvard University graduate student colloquium, and was invited to lecture at the History of the Book seminar at Indiana University. He was also awarded a Newberry Library Consortium grant to conduct research at the Folger Shakespeare Library. His book reviews and creative work have appeared in Books and Culture, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Florida Review, AGNI, and Religion in the Age of Enlightenment. Currently, he has an article forthcoming at the journal Restoration. His critical essay, “When Slavery Becomes Resistance: Questions of Obedience in Dryden’s Don Sebastian,” is part of an edited collection currently under review.