Courtney Weiss Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Wesleyan University. She is also Affiliated Faculty in the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan and Associate Editor at History & Theory. Her research and teaching focus on the literary, cultural, and intellectual history of England in the long eighteenth century. Her first book, Empiricist Devotions, was the winner of the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize for outstanding scholarship in eighteenth-century studies. Currently, she is writing The Sound of Sense in Enlightenment England, a history of ideas about poetic sound (including rhyme, onomatopoeia, alliteration, pun, and polyptoton). The project explores how poets but also philosophers and natural philosophers understood the material forms that words took.

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