Ruth Bernard Yeazell

Chace Family Professor of English

Yale University

Professor Yeazell's research and teaching focus on the novel from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, though she also has strong interests in the history of gender and sexuality and —- more recently -- in the relations of literature to the visual arts. As a teacher and critic, she is concerned with the way fictional narratives both respond to and imaginatively transform their culture. She also enjoys writing on a variety of literary topics for a wider public in the London Review of Books. Her most recent book concerns seventeenth-century Dutch painting as a model for literary realism and includes chapters on Balzac, George Eliot, Hardy and Proust, among other writers.

Professor Yeazell recieved a Ph.D., English Language and Literature from Yale University in 1971 and a B. A. in English, with High Honors at Swarthmore College in 1967.