Thomas O. Beebee

Thomas O. Beebee

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature and German

467 Burrowes Building


  1. Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1984


Beebee's fields of specialization include criticism and theory, epistolarity, eighteenth-century literature, translation (theory, practice, and literary mimesis), mental maps in literature, and law and literature. Publications include Clarissa on the Continent (Penn State Press 1991), The Ideology Of Genre (Penn State Press 1994), Epistolary Fiction in Europe (Cambridge UP 1999), Millennial Literatures of the Americas, 1492 – 2002 (2008); Nation and Region in Modern European and American Fiction (Purdue UP 2008). His most recent books are Conjunctions and Disjunctions of German Law and Literature (Continuum 2011), Transmesis: Inside Translation’s Black Box (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2012), and the edited volume German Literature as World Literature (Bloomsbury, 2014). Beebee is editor-in-chief of the journal Comparative Literature Studies, and general editor of the Bloomsbury series, Literatures as World Literature.