Department of English

Don Wehrs

Don Wehrs Hargis Professor of English Literature
9056 Haley Center
(334) 844-9056

Office Hours

  • Monday 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Wednesday 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Friday 1:00-3:00 pm


Donald R. Wehrs, Hargis Professor of English Literature, received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He specializes in novel genre and history, British eighteenth-century studies, literary theory, postcolonial studies, and comparative literature. He is author of three books on twentieth-century African fiction, editor or co-editor of four collections on literary theory and criticism, and has published in Poetics Today, Modern Philology, Literature & Theology, New Literary History, MLN, SEL, and ELH. He is currently at work on projects connecting ethics, literary history, and neurocognitive studies.


Teaching and Research Awards:

Honors Professor of the Year, 2007-2008

Auburn University Creative Research and Scholarship Award, 2015

Auburn University Distinguished Diversity Research Award, 2010

Representative Publications

Representative Publications:

Palgrave Handbook of Affect Studies and Textual Criticism, co-edited with Thomas Blake (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Cognition, Literature, and History, co-edited with Mark J. Bruhn (New York: Routledge, 2014, Paperback, 2018).

Levinas and Twentieth-Century Literature: Ethical Trauma and the Reconstitution of Subjectivity (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2013, Paperback, 2017).

“Ethical Ambiguity of the Maternal in Levinas and Shakespeare's First Romances,” in Of Levinas and Shakespeare: To See Another Thus,ed. Moshe Gold and Sandor Goodhart with Kent Lehnhof (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2018), 203-35.

“Evolutionary Psychology, Moral Disgust, and Self-Indictment in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Conrad’s Lord Jim.” Intertexts 20, no. 1 (2017): 25-43.

“Anarchic Signification and Motions of Grace in Sterne’s Novelistic Satire,” in Sterne, Tristram, Yorick: Tercentenary Essays on Laurence Sterne, ed. Melvyn New, Peter de Voogt, and Judith Hawley (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2016), 77-99.

“Emotional Significance and Predation’s Uneasy Conscience in John of Salisbury and Chrétien’s Perceval,” Literature and Theology, 28, no. 3 (2014): 285-298.

“Trusting Life, Theorizing Love, Making Art: Proust, Joyce, and the Russian Novelistic Tradition,” in Proust in der Konstellation der Moderne/Proust dans la constellation des modernes, ed. Sophie Bertho and Thomas Klinkert (Berlin: Erich Schmidt: Studien des Frankreich-Zentrums der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 2013), 67-84.

“Affective Dissonance and Literary Mediation: Emotion Processing, Ethical Signification, and Aesthetic Autonomy in Cervantes’ Art of the Novel.” Cervantes: Bulletin of the American Cervantes Society 31, no. 2 (2012): 201-30.

“Novelistic Redemption and the History of Grace: Practical Theology and Literary Form in Richardson’s Pamela and Fielding’s Joseph Andrews,” in Theology and Literature in the Age of Johnson: Resisting Secularism, ed. Melyvn New and Gerard Reedy, S.J. (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2012), 1-26.

“Placing Human Constants within Literary History: Generic Revision and Affective Sociality in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest.” Poetics Today 32, no. 3 (2011): 519-589.


Last Updated: January 22, 2020