Siân Silyn Roberts

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Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies  
Klapper Hall, Room 601  

Research Interests

The novel; eighteenth-century transatlantic literary relations; political philosophy; narrative theory.


Professor Silyn Roberts teaches early American literature from colonial contact (sixteenth century) to the mid-nineteenth century. She has offered courses on the early American novel, American Gothic fiction, the captivity narrative, and surveys of literature produced during the colonial and early republican periods.


Editor, Edgar Huntly; or, Memoirs of a Sleepwalker, Broadview Press, 2017.

“Charles Brockden Brown and the Early American Novel,” forthcoming in The Oxford Companion to Charles Brockden Brown, eds. Philip Barnard and Stephen Shapiro.

Gothic Subjects: The Transformation of Individualism in American Fiction, 1790-1855. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.

“A Transatlantic View of American Gothic Criticism.” The Transatlantic Turn of the Gothic, eds. Monika Elbert and Bridget Marshall, Ashgate Press, 2013.

“Dispossession and Cosmopolitan Sociability in Leonora Sansay’s Secret History.” Forthcoming in Early America and the Haitian Revolution: Essays on the Cultural History of Atlantic Colonialism and Modernity, eds. Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Michael Drexler, University of Pennsylvania Press.

“Gothic Enlightenment: Contagion and Community in Charles Brockden Brown’s Arthur Mervyn.” Early American Literature 44.2 (2009).