Karen Bloom Gevirtz is professor of English and co-director of the Women and Gender Studies Program at Seton Hall University. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender and the emerging novel in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Her publications include Gender and Space in British Literature, 1660-1820 (2014), co-edited with Mona Narain; Life after Death: Widows and the English Novel, Defoe to Austen; Women, the Novel, and Natural Philosophy, 1660-1727 (2005); and Representing the Eighteenth Century in Film and Television, 2000-2015 (2017). She served two terms as executive president of the Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830.