Sophie Gee


Sophie Gee

1996 Harvard Menzies Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Sophie Gee was awarded the scholarship to complete a PhD in the School of Government at Harvard University.

Studied at: Harvard University

Current Biography

Ph.D. Harvard 2002. Sophie Gee is a specialist in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature from Milton to Jane Austen. Her first book Making Waste: Leftovers and the Eighteenth-Century Imagination is published by Princeton University Press. Sophie is particularly interested in Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift and Jane Austen, as well as in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century natural philosophy and theological writing. She also teaches classes on satire and on contemporary writers and writing.

In 2007 she published her first novel, The Scandal of the Season, a comedy of manners set in eighteenth-century London, and a retelling of "The Rape of the Lock." The novel was named one of the Best Books of 2007 by the Washington Post and the Economist and is published in 13 countries.

Publications include essays on Dryden, Swift and Pope as well as articles and reviews in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the TLS, the Financial Times and elsewhere.

She is currently working on a new scholarly book about belief and the eighteenth-century novel, and a new work of fiction — an Enlightenment ghost story.

Scholarship Year: 1996

Fields of Interest