Texas Tech University

Jennifer Snead

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Associate Professor

Ph.D. Duke

Snead specializes in eighteenth-century British and transatlantic literature and culture. Her primary research interests within the field are print culture, religion, and popular literacy. She has published and presented articles and papers on the work of Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, John Wesley, and Edward Young (among others). Her current book project investigates the impact of the Evangelical Revival on popular literacy and the concept of literature during the second half of the century.

Short Articles
Other Publications
Work in Progress


  • "Protestant Dissent," forthcoming in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660-1789
  • “Sermons,” in Johnson in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • "Teaching the transatlantic Evangelical Revival," in Teaching the Transatlantic, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012):  103-115.
  • “Epic for an information age:  The Theater Licensing Act and Pope's Dunciad of 1743,” English Literary History, vol. 77, no. 1 (Spring 2010): 195-216.
  • “Print, Predestination, and the Public Sphere:  Transatlantic Evangelical Periodicals, 1740-1745,” Early American Literature, vol. 45, no. 1 (2010):  93-118.
  • “The Work of Abridgments:  Readers, Editors, and Expectations,” Reading in History:  New Methodologies from the Anglo-American Tradition (Pickering and Chatto, 2010):  77-90.
  • “Evangelical Literacies:  Predestination and Print, 1739-1740,” Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, no. 1 (2009):  83-108.
  • "Religion and Eighteenth-Century Literature," Literature Compass 5/4 (2008): 707–720, 10.1111/j.1741-4113.2008.00557.x
  • “Disjecta Membra Poetae:  The Aesthetics of the Fragment in Johnson's Lives of the English Poets,” in The Age of Johnson:  A Scholarly Annual, vol. 15 (2004); 37-56.

Short Articles

  • “John Bell,” in The Oxford Companion to the History of the Book, ed. Jonathan Rose. Oxford, 2010.
  • “Bell's Dramatists of Great Britain” in The Oxford Companion to the History of the Book, ed. Jonathan Rose. Oxford, 2010.
  • “British and Foreign Bible Society,” in The Oxford Companion to the History of the Book, ed. Jonathan Rose. Oxford, 2010.
  • “Cheap Repository Tracts,” in The Oxford Companion to the History of the Book, ed. Jonathan Rose. Oxford, 2010.

Other Publications

  • Contributor for the Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (ABES), database of annotations of scholarly articles


  • “No Exit?  Recent Scholarship on Pope.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 38.2 (Winter 2005): 349-355.
  • “Evangelical History:  David Hempton's Methodism:  Empire of the Spirit"  n+1 magazine  August 2005. (online publication)
  • Rev. of  Life After Death:  Widows and the English Novel, Defoe to Austen, by Karen Bloom Gevirtz. Intertexts. pp. 79-81, Vol. II, Issue I (Spring 2007).
  • “The mind in motion:  a review of Harriet Kirkley's A Biographer at Work:  Samuel Johnson's Notes for the ‘Life of Pope',” in The Eighteenth Century:  Theory and Interpretation 48. 2 (2007): 173-179.
  • Review of Carol Stuart, The Eighteenth-Century Novel and the Secularization of Ethics, in Review of English Studies, 63.259 (April 2012): 329-330.
  • Review of Misty Anderson, Imagining Methodism in Eighteenth-Century Britain, forthcoming in Religion & Literature



  • Creative Arts & Humanities Grant, Texas Tech University, 2012
  • Duke University Divinity School Summer Wesley Seminar, 2009
  • Research Enhancement Fund Grant, Texas Tech University, 2007-2008
  • Gloria Lyerla Travel Fellowship, Texas Tech University, 200700
  • Newberry Library Short-term Fellowship, 2005
  • McNeil Center for Early American Studies Research Fellow, 2004-06
  • Library Company of Philadelphia Fellowship, 2004
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn Humanities Forum, 2002-03
  • Library Company of Philadelphia Research Fellowship, 2002
  • Aston Magna Academy Fellowship, 1997


  • Charter Member, Phi Beta Kappa of Texas Tech
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Delta of Pennsylvania, 1994

Work in Progress

  • Book project: Responsible Readers: early Methodism and popular literacy, 1740-1830
  • Article: "Evangelical Feminism:  The 'Extraordinary Call' of Mary Bosanquet Fletcher"
  • Article: "Transatlantic Calvinism in Print:  The Case of Anne Dutton"


  • The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.  March 2014 - present