1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Cynthia Wall


105 Dawson's Row

Office Hours:

T 2:00 - 5:00


Class Schedule:

MW 2:00 - 3:15

MW 3:30 - 4:45


Ph.D. Chicago, 1992
M.A. Chicago, 1987
M.A. Northwestern (Phil.), 1983
B.A. St. Olaf College, 1981


18th C British, Restoration


Grammars of Approach: Landscape, Typography, and Narrative, 2016

In Progress

The Prose of Things, University of Chicago Press, 2006
The Literary and Cultural Spaces of Restoration London, Cambridge University Press, 1998

Edited Works

The Norton Critical Edition of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama (forthcoming), W. W. Norton & Co., 2016
The Pilgrim's Progress, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2008
A Journal of the Plague Year , London and New York: Penguin Classics, 2003
Eighteenth-Century Genre and Culture: Serious Reflections on Occasional Forms, University of Delaware Press, 2001

(with Dennis Todd)

The Rape of the Lock, Boston and New York: Bedford Books/St. Martin's Press, 1998


  • "London and the Novel," Blackwell Companion to the Novel, ed. Stephen Arata, J. Paul Hunter, Jennifer Wicke (Oxford: Blackwell; in press, forthcoming 2015)
  • “Poems on the Stage,” Oxford Companion to Poetry, ed. Jack Lynch (Oxford: Oxford University Press; in press, forthcoming 2015)
  • “Bunyan, Defoe, and the Early Novel,” Oxford Handbook to John Bunyan, ed. Michael Davies (Oxford: Oxford University Press; in press, forthcoming 2015)
  • “Exploration, Expansion, and the Early Novel,” Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol. 1, ed. Thomas Keymer (Oxford: Oxford University Press; in press, forthcoming 2015)
  • “Travel Narratives and the Early Novel,” Oxford Handbook to the English Novel, ed. J. A. Downie (Oxford: Oxford University Press; in press, forthcoming 2015)
  • “Approaching the Interior of the Eighteenth-Century English Country House,” Style 48:4 (Winter 2014), 543-562
  • “John Bunyan and the Spaces of Religious Writing,” A Companion to British Literature, ed. Robert DeMaria, Heesok Chang, and Samantha Zacher (Oxford: Blackwell, 2014), 2:342-358
  • “Daniel Defoe: Journalism, Myth, and Verisimilitude,” The Cambridge Companion to the European Novel, ed. Michael Bell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 36-53
  • “The Impress of the Invisible: Lodges and Cottages,” English Literary History 79 (Winter 2012), 989-1012
  • “Description, Including Ekphrasis,” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel, ed. Efrain Kristal (Oxford: Blackwell, 2012)
  • “London and Narration in the Long Eighteenth Century,” The Cambridge Companion to London, ed. Lawrence Manley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 102-118
  • “London,” Johnson in Context, ed. Jack Lynch (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 243-250
  • “The Business of Houses: The Problem of Old London Bridge,” The Eighteenth-Century Novel: Essays in Honor of John Richetti, ed. Albert J. Rivero and George Justic, vol. 6-7 (August 2009), 261-305
  • “Defoe and London,” The Cambridge Companion to Daniel Defoe, ed. John J. Richetti (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 158-181
  • “‘Chasms in the Story’:  Sophia Lee’s The Recess and David Hume’s History of England,” in Imagining Selves: Essays in Honor of Patricia Meyer Spacks, ed. Rivka Swensen and Elise Lauterbach (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2008), 21-40
  • “Poetic Spaces,” The Cambridge Companion to Alexander Pope, ed. Pat Rogers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 49-62
  • The Castle of Otranto: A Shakespeareo-Political Satire?” in Historical Boundaries, Narrative Forms: Essays on British Literature in the Long Eighteenth Century in Honor of Everett Zimmerman, ed. Lorna Clymer and Robert Mayer (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007), 184-198
  • “Teaching Space in Sir Charles Grandison,” MLA Approaches to Teaching Samuel Richardson, ed. Jocelyn Harris and Lisa Zunshine (2006), 162-68
  • “A Geography of Georgian Narrative Space,” Georgian Geographies, ed. Miles Ogborn and Charles Withers (Forthcoming, Manchester University Press, 2002), 114-30
  • “‘Over-against Catharine-Street in the Strand’”: Forms of Address in London Streets," The Streets of London, ed. Tim Hitchcock (forthcoming, London: Rivers Oram, 2002), 10-26
  • “The Spaces of Clarissa in Text and Film,” Eighteenth Century Fiction on Screen, ed. Robert Mayer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), 106-22
  • “The Rhetoric of Description,” Eighteenth-Century Genres and Cultures, ed. Dennis Todd and Cynthia Wall (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2001), 261-79
  • “Details of Space: Narrative Description in Early Eighteenth-Century Novels,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 10, no. 4 (July 1998), 387-405
  • “Novel Streets: The Rebuilding of London and Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year,” Studies in the Novel 30, no. 2 (Summer 1998), 164-177
  • “Grammars of Space: The Language of London from Stow’s Survey to Defoe's Tour,” Philological Quarterly 76, no. 4 (Fall 1997), 387-411
  • “The English Auction: Narratives of Dismantlings,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 31, no. 1 (Fall 1997), 1-25
  • “Gendering Rooms: Domestic Architecture and Literary Acts,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 5, no.4 (July 1993), 349-72
  • “‘Her Conversation heavenly’: Defoe's Architectural Dialogues and the Academy for Women,” in Compendious Conversations, ed. Kevin Cope Lang (New York: Peter Lang, 1992), 237-238


  • Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship, May 2014
  • Newberry Library/ ASECS Fellowship, January 2014
  • Elected to The Athenaeum Club, London, June 2009
  • Honorable Mention, James Russell Lowell Prize, for The Prose of Things, Modern Language Association 2007.
  • NEH Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • University of Virginia sesquicentennial, 2003-2004
  • Newberry Library/ASECS Fellowship, May 2001
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1998-1999
  • University of Virginia Sesquicentennial Fellowship, 1998-1999
  • Newberry Library/British Academy Fellowship, Summer 1997
  • NEH Summer Stipend, 1994
  • Huntington Library visiting fellowship, 1994
  • William Andrews Clark Library visiting fellowship, 1994
  • Houghton Library visiting fellowship, 1994
  • NEH Summer Seminar, 1993
  • Marc Perry Galler Prize for Best Dissertation, University of Chicago, 1993
  • Newberry Library research fellowship, 1991-1992