Jesse Molesworth

Jesse Molesworth


Associate Professor, English


  • Ph.D., English, Stanford University, 2003
  • B.A., English, University of Maryland, 1997

Journal Articles and Other Publications

“Time and Temporality in Tom Jones," in The Oxford Handbook to Henry Fielding (forthcoming). 

“The Temporal Turn in Eighteenth-Century Studies,"The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 60 (Summer 2019): 129-38.

“Graphic Satire: Hogarth and Gillray,” The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century Satire, ed. Paddy Bullard (2019).

“The Cosmic Sublime: Wright of Derby’s Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery,” Lumen 34 (2015): 109-21.

"Gothic Time, Sacred Time," Modern Language Quarterly 75 (2014): 29-55.

"Comics as Remediation: Gilbert Hernandez's Human Diastrophism," ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies 7.1 (2013).

Sterne Studies on the Eve of the Tercentenary," Literature Compass 9 (2012): 453-63.

"Syllepsis, Mimesis, Simulacrum: The Monk and the Grammar of Authenticity," Criticism 51 (2009): 401-23.

"'A Dreadful Course of Calamities': Roxana's Ending Reconsidered," ELH 74.2 (2007): 493-508.

"Equiano's 'Loud Voice': Witnessing the Performance of The Interesting Narrative," Texas Studies in Language and Literature 48.2 (2006): 123-44.

Recent Talks:

“Temporal Geocentrism,” ASECS annual meeting, Denver, CO (2018)

“Clockwork Gothic: Walpole/Woolf,” A Literary Walpole Weekend, Lewis Walpole Library (2017)

“Nature’s Arrow, History’s Cycle,” Novel Knowledge: A Conference Honoring John Bender (2016)

“1752: Temporality and Fictionality,” ASECS annual meeting, Los Angeles, CA (2015)

“Time and the Cosmos: The Orrery in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination,” Eighteenth-Century Seminar, The Newberry Library, Chicago (2013)

“Of Plagues, Cannibals, and Zombies: Daniel Defoe and the Origins of the Zombie Plot,” Zombies vs. Professors conference, Louisville (2012)

“A Reply to the Question: ‘Can Narratives Enlighten?’” ASECS annual meeting, San Antonio (2012)

“The Hour of the Uncanny: Walpole, Lewis, Radcliffe,” ASECS annual meeting, Vancouver (2011)

“Gambling in Narrative, Gambling as Narrative,” Narrative conference, Cleveland (2010)

"The Gambler's Plot: Modern Culture and the Problem of Randomness,” New Directions in Eighteenth-Century Studies workshop, Indiana University, 2008.

"Narrative Re-Enchantment: Sterne, Hume, Freud.” Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, 2008

"Can the Novel Enlighten?”, Harvard University, Columbia University, Concordia University, 2007

"Humean Realism: Fielding's Amelia and the Problem of Induction," ASECS annual meeting, Montreal, 2006

"Natural Preternaturalism: The Gothic Novel and the Rise of Tarot Cartomancy,” SUNY-Binghamton, University of Western Ontario, University of Southern California, Clark University, 2004-6

Selected Honors
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University, 2006-8
  • Mabelle McLeod Lewis Dissertation Fellowship, Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, Stanford University, 2001-3
  • Key Scholar, College of Arts and Humanities Senior Scholar, Joyce Tayloe Horrell
  • Scholarship for Academic Promise in English Literature, University of Maryland, 1992-7

Two-Minute Lecture Series

English professor Jesse Molesworth gives a two-minute lecture on the themes of Black Hole by Charles Burns. The twelve-issue, limited edition comic book series deals with the aftermath of a sexually transmitted disease that causes grotesque mutations in Seattle teenagers in the mid-1970s.