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 California State University, Fullerton

B. Michael  Norton

Associate Professor

Mike received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University in 2006. His research is rooted in eighteenth-century English and comparative literature, focusing especially on the novel, the Enlightenment, ethics, and the essay.  He is particularly interested in intersections of forms and ideas in the period.


2006, Ph.D., New York University

1998, M.A., New School for Social Research

1995, B.A., New School for Social Research

Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas

Eighteenth-century literature, the Enlightenment, ethics, aesthetics and everyday life

Teaching Interests

The eighteenth-century novel; Restoration and eighteenth-century literature; comparative literature

Selected Publications

Emma Courtney, Feminist Ethics and the Problem of Autonomy,” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 54, 3 (Fall 2013)

 Fiction and the Philosophy of Happiness: Ethical Inquiries in the Age of Enlightenment (Bucknell University Press, 2012) 

“After the Summum Bonum: Novels, Treatises and the Enquiry after Happiness,” in Theory and Practice in the Eighteenth Century: Writing Between Philosophy and Literature, ed. Christina Lupton and Alexander Dick (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008)

 “The Moral in Phutatorius’s Breeches: Tristram Shandy and the Limits of Stoic    Ethics,”Eighteenth-Century Fiction 18, 4 (Summer 2006)

"Laurence Sterne and the Aesthetics of Everyday Life" (forthcoming)

 "Sterne Studies at the Tercentenary," Eighteenth-Century Life 38, 1 (Winter 2014)