Carrie Shanafelt

Carrie Shanafelt

Associate Professor of Literature and Philosophy,
Department of Literature, Language, Writing, and Humanities

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  • Seventeenth-Century Poetry
  • Eighteenth-Century Novels
  • Eighteenth-Century Satire
  • Romantic Era
  • Victorian Era
  • Gothic in Fiction and Film
  • Bible and Its Influence
  • Slavery and Global Ethics
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Shakespeare I and II
  • LGBTQ+ Literature
  • Theories of Gender and Sexuality
  • Children’s Literature
  • Literary Analysis
  • Poetic Analysis
  • Film Analysis
  • British and European Literature II
  • American Literature I


  • Enlightenment philosophy
  • Aesthetic theory
  • Human rights and legal justice
  • Sexuality in literature and philosophy
  • Eighteenth-century economics and slavery
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Critical theory
  • Film studies


  • BA, Case Western Reserve University
  • MA, Case Western Reserve University
  • PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Academic Profile

Carrie Shanafelt is the author of Uncommon Sense: Jeremy Bentham, Queer Aesthetics, and the Politics of Taste (University of Virginia Press, 2021), as well as several articles and book chapters on eighteenth-century philosophy, literature, and sexuality. She is working on a second book project on Quobna Ottobah Cugoano, Atlantic slavery, and finance. For a list of her publications, projects, and talks, see her personal website at

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