Department Chair:
Jeffrey Pence

Administrative Assistant:
Sue Elkevizth

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8570
Fax: (440) 775-8684

Rice Hall 130
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Natasha Tessone

Natasha Tessone

Associate Professor of English

Contact Information


Rice Hall 15
(440) 775-8582

Personal Office Hours:
By appointment

Natasha Tessone

Natasha Tessone

Educational Background

  • B.A., Tel Aviv University, 1996
  • M.A., Princeton University, 2002
  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2006

My research and teaching interests include the 18th- and 19th-century novel, Romantic poetry, Irish and Scottish literature, the Scottish Enlightenment, nationalism in literature, and postcolonial theory. I am currently working on a manuscript on the centrality of the legal fiction of inheritance for the rise of the Scottish and Irish novel of the Romantic period, entitled Disputed Titles: Inheritance and the Case of the British Novel, 1798-1832.



Evan Gottlieb. Walter Scott and Contemporary Theory (Bloomsbury Academic: London and New York, 2013). (Review, forthcoming in Studies in the Novel.)

"Tending to the (National) Economy: Walter Scott's The Antiquary and 'that happy commerce' of the Enlightenment." Eighteenth-Century Fiction 26.2 (Winter 2013-14): 261-80.

Fiona Robertson, ed. The Edinburgh Companion to Sir Walter Scott. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012. British Association for Romantic Studies Bulletin and Review 42 (June 2013): 23-24. (Review.)

"Entailing the Nation: Inheritance and History in Walter Scott's The Antiquary." Studies in Romanticism 51.2 (Summer 2012): 149-77.

Ian Duncan. Scott’s Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. Studies in the Novel 41.4 (Winter 2009): 490-92. (Review.)

"'Homage to the empty armour': Maria Edgeworth's Harrington and the Pathology of National Heritage." ELH 75 (Summer 2008): 439-69.

"Displaying Ireland: Lady Morgan and the Politics of Spectacular Antiquarianism." Eire-Ireland 37 (2002): 169-87. 

Work in Progress:

Book manuscript: Disputed Titles: Inheritance and the Case of the British Novel, 1798-1832.

Journal article: "According to Whose Rules of Engagement?: Scott, Wordsworth, and the Question of Literary Canon."