Angelina Del Balzo will begin as Assistant Professor in the Program in Cultures, Civilizations, and Ideas at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey in Fall 2019. Her research focuses on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature and theater.


Ph.D.               English, University of California, Los Angeles (2019)

M.A., C.Phil.   English, University of California, Los Angeles (2015, 2016)

B.A.                English with honors, Italian Studies, Wellesley College cum laude (2011)


Peer-Reviewed Articles

“‘The Feelings of Others’: Sympathy and Anti-Semitism in Maria Edgeworth’s Harrington.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 31, no. 4 (2019): 685-704.

“The Sultan’s Tears in Zara, an Oriental Tragedy.” SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 55, no. 3 (2015): 501-21.

Book Reviews and Contributions

Review of In Praise of Fiction: Prefaces to Romances and Novels, 1650-1760 by Baudouin Millet (Peeters, 2017). Eighteenth-Century Fiction 30, no. 4 (2018): 598-601.

Entries on “Falques, Marianne-Agnès, Agenor and Ismena; or, the War of the Tender Passions (1759)” and “Anon., Memoirs of Maria, A Persian Slave (1790),” The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, ed. April London. Forthcoming.

Public Writing

“Outlander: Making Scotland Great Again?” The Rambling (blog). July 16, 2018. https://the-rambling.com/2018/07/16/outlander-making-scotland-great-again/


Dissertation: “Furbish’d Remnants: Literary Adaptation and the Orient, 1660-1815”

My dissertation is interested in adaptation not as an editorial practice but rather as a mode of critical engagement. While critics have moved away from considering fidelity as the metric to judge adaptations, most works still focus on contemporary adaptations and only gesture towards the long history of literary adaptation before the invention of film. In order to focus on questions of literary innovation and repetition in Restoration and eighteenth-century England, this project considers adaptations of Orientalist drama and the Arabian Nights’ Entertainments to examine the ways generic modes interact with geographical and imaginative spaces.

In particular, this project focuses on “indigenization,” drawing on Linda Hutcheon’s explication of this term as a kind of adaptation that takes its impetus from intercultural exchange. One of the major changes in English adaptations from mostly French orientalist source material is the introduction and exploration of affect and sentiment in these adaptations, in keeping with eighteenth-century tragedy’s emphasis on pathos, the cult of sensibility expressed in the sentimental novel, and on cultural expectations that capitalized on the visual spectacle offered by Oriental settings. The Orient serves as a particularly reflexive place for the English to explore the emotions as a means of negotiating the intersections of religious and national interests.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Jan. 2020 “Eighteenth-Century Tragedy and the Creation of Whiteness,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Seattle, WA

Jan. 2020 Convener, “Colonial Pacific Northwest,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Seattle, WA


American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)

American Society for Theater Research (ASTR)

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)

Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS)

Modern Language Association (MLA)

North American Association for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR)

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