Associate Professor Ph.D., Duke University, 1987
Barbara Laning Fitzpatrick graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1972 with a
B.A. in Biology. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of South
Alabama and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Duke University. She began teaching in the
UNO English Department in 1989.
Professor Fitzpatrick’s doctoral dissertation was a study of the text and publishing
history of an eighteenth-century English novel, Tobias Smollett’s Sir Launcelot Greaves.
She served as textual editor for a scholarly edition of that novel (2002) while also
pursuing research in eighteenth-century British book trade history. She participated in
an NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers in London in 1992, and in 2003 received the
Bibliographical Society of America's Mitchell Prize for an article on
eighteenth-century London periodicals publishing. Since then, she has written new book
trade biographies for the Oxford Dictonary of National Biography. Recently she has been
working on Smollett attributions, the nineteenth-century American publishing business of
S. H. Goetzel, and the moral basis of Jane Austen's fiction.
Professor Fitzpatrick’s teaching areas are Eighteenth-Century British Literature, The
Novel, Irish Fiction, Book and Periodical History, Textual Bibliography, and Technical
Writing. She has taught at every level, from freshman through graduate, and has looked to
the future with the development of online versions of five of her classroom courses—Later
Eighteenth-Century Literature, The Eighteenth-Century Novel, Irish Fiction, The Novel of
Sensibility and the Gothic, and Jane Austen. She enjoys introducing students of all
levels to British Literature and initiating graduate students into the dual callings of
teaching and research. She welcomes the aid of graduate assistants in her historical
Outside the classroom and the archives, Dr. Fitzpatrick travels, gardens, and reads. She
collects old books and visits American Civil War battlefields. With a friend or two and
her mobile hotspot for company, she rummages through old bookshops and walks
battlefields, often on the same trip.
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