Karen Valihora

Department of English

Associate Professor

Office: Stong College, 340
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 30436
Emailvalihora@yorku.ca

Karen Valihora specializes in the history of ideas. She teaches courses in the English Romantics, Milton, the pastoral, Eighteenth-century literature, and literary theory. Her book, Austen’s Oughts: Judgment after Locke and Shaftesbury (2010), explores the possibilities for reflective, or objective, judgment, and disinterestedness in eighteenth-century literature and philosophy from Locke to Austen.

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Area of Specialization

English

Degrees

Ph.D. Department of English, Yale University
Doctoral Student, Department of English, University of Virginia
Diplôme de langue Française de la Sorbonne, Université de Paris IV, Cours de Langue et Civilisation Françaises
M.A. (English Literature), McGill University
B.A. (English Literature), McGill University


Research Interests

English , Philosophy , Judgment, Aesthetics, Pastoral

All Publications

Books

Austen’s Oughts: Judgment after Locke and Shaftesbury. Newark: University of Delaware Press through Associated University Presses (AUP), 2010. (363 pages)

Journal Articles

“Impartial Spectator meets Picturesque Tourist: The Framing of Mansfield Park.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 20.1 (Fall 2007) pp. 57-87.

“The Judgement of Judgement in Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments,” British Journal of Aesthetics 41.2 (April 2001) pp. 138-61.

Review of Speaking in Hunger: Gender, Discourse and Consumption in Clarissa, by Donnalee Frega, Eighteenth-Century Fiction 11.3 (April 1999) pp. 363-66.

Conference Papers

Panelist, “Aesthetics and Politics of Kames and Burke.” Chair: Rachel Zuckert. Liberty Fund Colloquium. Seattle, Washington. August 2010.

Panelist, “The Liberties of History.” Liberty Fund Colloquium. Chair: Eduardo Velasquez. Tuscon, Arizona. November 2009.

Panelist, “Commerce, Civilization and Liberty: Montesquieu and Adam Smith.” Liberty Fund Colloquium. Chair: Maria Pia Paganelli. Montreal. August 2009.

Panelist, “Republican Liberty in Milton’s Political Writings and Paradise Lost.” Liberty Fund Colloquium. Chair. John T. Scott. San Diego. May 2009.

“The Silence of Ajax: Hume’s Moral Sublime.” Panel: Classical Literature and English Prose. Chair: Adam Potkay. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS). Richmond, Virginia. March, 2009.

Panelist, “The Moral and Political Economy of Freedom: Kames and Smith.” Liberty Fund Colloquium. Chair: Eduardo Velasquez. San Francisco, November 2008.

Panelist, “Religion, Freedom and Citizenship in Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise.” Liberty Fund Colloquium. Chair: Eric Schliesser. Indianapolis, June 2008.

“Empiricism Under Judgment.” Panel: Aesthetics after Locke. Chair: David Richter. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Portland, Oregon. April, 2008.

“Immediate Perception.” Panel: Aesthetics after Locke. Chair: Ian Balfour. Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Neasecs). November, 2004.

“The Small Town as Film Set.” Panel: The Small Town in Literature, Film and Song. American Culture Association. San Antonio, Texas. April 2004.

“Aesthetics after Locke.” Panel: General Session on the History of Aesthetics. International Association for the Study of Literature and Philosophy (IAPL). Leeds, England. May, 2003.

“The Figure in the Mirror: Shaftesbury’s Advice to an Author.” Panel: The Mind and World from Locke to Stewart. Chair: David Raynor. Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS). University of Toronto. October 2000.

“Back to Beauty.” Panel: Aesthetics after Locke. Chair: Dr. Ian Balfour. American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. March 2000.

“The Spectacle of Private Life in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.” Panel: The Invention of Scandal: The Publicity of the Private. Northeastern Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (NEASECS). Durham, New Hampshire. December 1999.

“Clarissa and the Eyes of the World.” Panel: Epistolarity and the Moral Sense. Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (CSECS). Montreal, Quebec. October 1999.

“Transparent Views: Narrative Aesthetics in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.” Panel: Eighteenth-Century Landscapes and Textscapes. Chair: John Crossen. American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS) Milwaukee, Wisconsin. March 1999.

“Fragmented and Unfinished Discourses: The Ruin of the Picturesque.” Panel: The Unfinished. International Association for the Study of Literature and Philosophy (IAPL). Irvine, California. May 1998.

“‘The True Art of Seeing Nature’: Sir Joshua Reynolds and the Discourse of the Picturesque.” Panel: The 1790s. American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS). Notre Dame, Indiana. April 1998.

“Good Old British Common Sense and Kant’s Critique of Judgment.” Panel: German Philosophy in England. Chair: David Hensley. North East American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (NEASECS). Ottawa, Ontario. September 1995.

Public Lectures

“Austen’s Oughts: Moral and Aesthetic priorities in Emma,” McMaster University Critical Intimacies series. November, 2009.

“Austen’s Oughts: Shaftesbury and Pride and Prejudice.” University of Toronto Eighteenth-Century Studies Colloquium. November 2008.

“The Golden Age and the Small Town.” Toronto Arts and Letters Club. January, 2005.

“Psychic Economics of the Small Town Film.” York University Department of English Graduate Student Colloquium. January 2005.

“Adam Smith’s Moral Sentiments and Kant’s Aesthetic Judgment.” Invoking Community: York University Graduate Student Colloquium. March 1998.

“The Ruin of the Picturesque: Reynolds and Gainsborough.” Paper and Slides presentation. York University Faculty Colloquium, Department of English. March 1998.


Karen Valihora specializes in the history of ideas. She teaches courses in the English Romantics, Milton, the pastoral, Eighteenth-century literature, and literary theory. Her book, Austen’s Oughts: Judgment after Locke and Shaftesbury (2010), explores the possibilities for reflective, or objective, judgment, and disinterestedness in eighteenth-century literature and philosophy from Locke to Austen.

Area of Specialization

English

Degrees

Ph.D. Department of English, Yale University
Doctoral Student, Department of English, University of Virginia
Diplôme de langue Française de la Sorbonne, Université de Paris IV, Cours de Langue et Civilisation Françaises
M.A. (English Literature), McGill University
B.A. (English Literature), McGill University

Research Interests:

English , Philosophy , Judgment, Aesthetics, Pastoral

All Publications

Books

Austen’s Oughts: Judgment after Locke and Shaftesbury. Newark: University of Delaware Press through Associated University Presses (AUP), 2010. (363 pages)

Journal Articles

“Impartial Spectator meets Picturesque Tourist: The Framing of Mansfield Park.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 20.1 (Fall 2007) pp. 57-87.

“The Judgement of Judgement in Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments,” British Journal of Aesthetics 41.2 (April 2001) pp. 138-61.

Review of Speaking in Hunger: Gender, Discourse and Consumption in Clarissa, by Donnalee Frega, Eighteenth-Century Fiction 11.3 (April 1999) pp. 363-66.

Conference Papers

Panelist, “Aesthetics and Politics of Kames and Burke.” Chair: Rachel Zuckert. Liberty Fund Colloquium. Seattle, Washington. August 2010.

Panelist, “The Liberties of History.” Liberty Fund Colloquium. Chair: Eduardo Velasquez. Tuscon, Arizona. November 2009.

Panelist, “Commerce, Civilization and Liberty: Montesquieu and Adam Smith.” Liberty Fund Colloquium. Chair: Maria Pia Paganelli. Montreal. August 2009.

Panelist, “Republican Liberty in Milton’s Political Writings and Paradise Lost.” Liberty Fund Colloquium. Chair. John T. Scott. San Diego. May 2009.

“The Silence of Ajax: Hume’s Moral Sublime.” Panel: Classical Literature and English Prose. Chair: Adam Potkay. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS). Richmond, Virginia. March, 2009.

Panelist, “The Moral and Political Economy of Freedom: Kames and Smith.” Liberty Fund Colloquium. Chair: Eduardo Velasquez. San Francisco, November 2008.

Panelist, “Religion, Freedom and Citizenship in Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise.” Liberty Fund Colloquium. Chair: Eric Schliesser. Indianapolis, June 2008.

“Empiricism Under Judgment.” Panel: Aesthetics after Locke. Chair: David Richter. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Portland, Oregon. April, 2008.

“Immediate Perception.” Panel: Aesthetics after Locke. Chair: Ian Balfour. Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Neasecs). November, 2004.

“The Small Town as Film Set.” Panel: The Small Town in Literature, Film and Song. American Culture Association. San Antonio, Texas. April 2004.

“Aesthetics after Locke.” Panel: General Session on the History of Aesthetics. International Association for the Study of Literature and Philosophy (IAPL). Leeds, England. May, 2003.

“The Figure in the Mirror: Shaftesbury’s Advice to an Author.” Panel: The Mind and World from Locke to Stewart. Chair: David Raynor. Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS). University of Toronto. October 2000.

“Back to Beauty.” Panel: Aesthetics after Locke. Chair: Dr. Ian Balfour. American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. March 2000.

“The Spectacle of Private Life in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.” Panel: The Invention of Scandal: The Publicity of the Private. Northeastern Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (NEASECS). Durham, New Hampshire. December 1999.

“Clarissa and the Eyes of the World.” Panel: Epistolarity and the Moral Sense. Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (CSECS). Montreal, Quebec. October 1999.

“Transparent Views: Narrative Aesthetics in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.” Panel: Eighteenth-Century Landscapes and Textscapes. Chair: John Crossen. American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS) Milwaukee, Wisconsin. March 1999.

“Fragmented and Unfinished Discourses: The Ruin of the Picturesque.” Panel: The Unfinished. International Association for the Study of Literature and Philosophy (IAPL). Irvine, California. May 1998.

“‘The True Art of Seeing Nature’: Sir Joshua Reynolds and the Discourse of the Picturesque.” Panel: The 1790s. American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS). Notre Dame, Indiana. April 1998.

“Good Old British Common Sense and Kant’s Critique of Judgment.” Panel: German Philosophy in England. Chair: David Hensley. North East American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (NEASECS). Ottawa, Ontario. September 1995.

Public Lectures

“Austen’s Oughts: Moral and Aesthetic priorities in Emma,” McMaster University Critical Intimacies series. November, 2009.

“Austen’s Oughts: Shaftesbury and Pride and Prejudice.” University of Toronto Eighteenth-Century Studies Colloquium. November 2008.

“The Golden Age and the Small Town.” Toronto Arts and Letters Club. January, 2005.

“Psychic Economics of the Small Town Film.” York University Department of English Graduate Student Colloquium. January 2005.

“Adam Smith’s Moral Sentiments and Kant’s Aesthetic Judgment.” Invoking Community: York University Graduate Student Colloquium. March 1998.

“The Ruin of the Picturesque: Reynolds and Gainsborough.” Paper and Slides presentation. York University Faculty Colloquium, Department of English. March 1998.