Concordia University

Danielle Bobker, PhD

Associate Professor, English

Office: S-LB 668-07 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2337
Availability: Office hours, Wednesday 2-4, or by appointment


PhD, Rutgers University

My research concerns seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature and culture. My current project explores interpersonal encounters taking place in or figured by closets–private rooms–in Restoration and eighteenth-century English writing. I argue that the intense but unstable intimacies of the closet played an important role in shaping the collective modern fantasy that anyone could and should be able to feel connected to anyone else, regardless of social rank, gender, and other differences.  I am also starting work on a new project that rereads Restoration and eighteenth-century satire in light of contemporary affect theory, the philosophy of humour, and feminist cultural criticism in an effort to better understand satiric anger and satiric humour, both in the eighteenth century and now.

Research and teaching interests

Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and culture


gender and sexuality


intimacy and affect


sympathy and sensibility

print culture and media shift



Selected publications

“Coming Out: Closet Rhetoric and Media Publics,” History of the Present: A Journal of Critical History 5.1 (Spring 2015) 31-64. link

"The Literature and Culture of the Closet in the Eighteenth-Century: A Pedagogical Resource,” Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe and his Contemporaries 6.1 (October 2014) 70-94. link

"Intimate Points: The Dash in the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,” Papers on Language and Literature 49.4 (2013) 1-29. link

"Female Favouritism, Orientalism, and the Bathing Closet in Memoirs of Count Grammont," Eighteenth Century Fiction 24.1 (2011) 1-30. link

"Lady Mary’s Imperfect Employment,” Aphra Behn Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-18301 (2011)1-23. link

"Sodomy, Geography, and Misdirection in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure," Special ed. Novelists on the Novel / La Poétique des romanciers, Eds. Isabelle Daunais and Allan Hepburn. University of Toronto Quarterly 79.4 (2010) 1035-1045. link

"Carriages, Conversation, and A Sentimental Journey," Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture 35 (2006) 243-66. link

Claude Rawson, Swift's Angers, Eighteenth-Century Studies 49.1 (Fall 2015) 104-106. link

Chloe Wigston Smith,
Women, Work, and Clothes in the Eighteenth-Century Novel, Eighteenth-Century Fiction 27.2 (January 2015) 309-311. link

Belle: A New View of Eighteenth-Century Racism," ABO Public: Interactive Forum for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 (August 25 2014). link

with Meredith Evans, “Why We Love Paulo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place," Lemon Hound (September 27 2013). link

Kristina Straub, Domestic Affairs: Intimacy, Eroticism, and Violence between Servants and Masters in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Gender and History 22 (2010) 222-224. link

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