Steiner Enit

Steiner Enit

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Enit Steiner




I am a Senior Lecturer in 18th-century and Romantic Literature at the English Department here at Unil. I was educated at the University of Zurich and University of California, Los Angeles. The human rights discourse and the colonial matrix developing in 18th-centruy Britain underlie my keen interest in gender, (post)colonial and Transatlantic studies.

My current work combines all these interests, as I'm writing a monograph that examines cosmopolitan attitudes in literary works of British Enlightenment and Romanticism. The book assembles novels, travel writing, children's literature and poetry published between the 1760s and the 1820s, aiming to show key modifications that the cosmopolitan tradition inherited by the Stoics and Cynic underwent during this period of imperial rivalries and revolutions. 




Steiner, Enit Karafili, ed. Called to Civil Existence: Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014.

Mary Wollstonecraft’s Rights of Woman (1792), a continuation of her earlier Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790), was the first feminist treatise to emerge within a broader context of liberationist human rights theory. Rights of Woman remains, however, relevant and instructive.The essays included here show that Wollstonecraft’s legacy is still with us today as the balancing act between a society where sexual distinction translates into gender prejudice and a utopian order where sexual difference ceases to be a structuring element of social, economic and political bias. Engaging Wollstonecraft’s famous argument from a variety of critical perspectives, a range of contemporary scholars offer new trajectories in this volume for the study of Wollstonecraft’s historic work and its relevance to our time.

ISBN: 9789042037892

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Steiner, Enit Karafili, ed. The History of Lady Julia Mandeville, by Frances Brooke. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013.

Published in 1763, The History of Lady Julia Mandeville was Frances Brooke’s first and most successful novel. Prior to the publication of her own work, Brooke was well known as the translator of Marie Jeanne Riccoboni’s Lettres de Milady Juliette Catesby à Milady Henriette Campley (1760). Engaging with several political and aesthetic issues of the day, Julia Mandeville considers forms of education, prescriptive gender roles and the institution of marriage. The novel is written in the epistolary form and contains seventy-seven letters, written predominantly by the witty widow, Lady Anne Wilmot and by the hero of the novel, Harry Mandeville. Although some critics saw it as a sentimental novel, it responds to and critiques the genre, displaying the influence of Rousseau’s Emile (1762) and Julie (1761) and Richardson’s Clarissa (1748). This modern critical edition contains an introductory essay on the text, endnotes and textual variants as well as appendices containing contemporary reviews and some of Brooke’s other writing.

ISBN: 9781848931381

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Steiner, Enit Karafili. Jane Austen's Civilized Women: Morality, Gender and the Civilizing Process. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012.

Jane Austen’s six complete novels and her juvenilia are examined in the context of civil society and gender. Steiner’s study uses a variety of contexts to appraise Austen’s work: Scottish Enlightenment theories of societal development, early-Romantic discourses on gender roles, modern sociological theories on the civilizing process and postmodern feminist positions on moral development and interpersonal relations. Austen is presented as a writer who not only participated in late eighteenth-century debates, but who is able to address twenty-first-century concerns of a theoretical and practical nature.

ISBN: 9781848931770

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Steiner, Enit Karafili, ed. and trans. Krenari dhe Paragjykim, by Jane Austen. A translation with critical introduction and notes. Tirana: Toena, 2008.

This translation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is the first critical edition of the novel in Albanian, offering an introduction and explanatory notes. It won the Ada Editing House “Award for Outstanding Translation” in 2010.

ISBN: 9789994313068

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