Department of English

Don Wehrs

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

Office Hours

  • Monday 3-5pm
  • Thursday 2-5pm


Donald R. Wehrs, Professor, received his PhD from the University of Virginia. He specializes in novel genre and history, eighteenth-century studies, postcolonial studies, and comparative literature and has published articles in MLN, SEL and ELH. He is currently working on the relationship between ethics, cognitive science, and literary history.

Teaching Award
Honors Professor of the Year, 2007-2008

Representative Publications

  • "Levinas and Sterne: From the Ethics of the Face to the Aesthetics of Unrepresentability," in Critical Essays on Laurence Sterne, ed. Melvyn New (New York: Hall, 1998).
  • "The Site of Western Modernism in Postcolonial African Identity: Nanga, Gide, Kristeva, and the Overcoming of Betrayal." The Comparatist 25 (2001): 22-49.
  • African Feminist Fiction and Indigenous Values. (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2001)
  • "The 'Sensible,' the Maternal, and the Ethical Beginnings of Islamic Feminism in Djebar's L'Amour, la fantasia and Loin de Medine" MLN (French issue 2003).
  • "Somatic Marking, Ethical Sense, and Practical Reason: The Political Economy of Literary Universals from Richardson and Austen to Dostoyevsky and Grass." Consciousness, Literature and the Arts 6, 2 (2005).
  • "Gendering the Subject and Engendering the Self: Mande Acculturation, Islamic Piety, and the Forging of Ethical Identity in Camara Laye's L'Enfant noir." Modern Language Studies 35:1 (2005): 8-27.
  • This volume of College Literature was co-winner of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ)' Prize for Best Special Issue of 2006.
  • "Moral Physiology, Ethical Prototypes, and the Denaturing of Sense in Shakespearean Tragedy." College Literature 33, 1 (2006): 67-92.
  • "Touching Words: Embodied Ethics in Erasmus, Shakespeare, and Contemporary Theory." Modern Philology 104, 1 (2006): 1-33.
  • Islam, Ethics, Revolt: Politics and Piety in Francophone West African and Maghreb Narrative (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2008)
  • Pre-Colonial Africa in Colonial African Narratives: From Ethiopia Unbound to Things Fall Apart , 1911-1958. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.
  • Levinas and Ninetheenth-Century Literature, co-edited with David P. Haney, Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2009
  • “Postcolonial Sterne.” The Cambridge Companion to Sterne. Ed. Thomas Keymer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

Last Updated: September 06, 2017