Gage C. McWeeny

Gage C. McWeeny

Chair and Professor of English

Stetson Hall Rm 507
At Williams since 2005


B.A. Columbia University (1993)
M.A. Princeton University (1998)
Ph.D. Princeton University, English & American Literature (2003)

Areas of Expertise

The nineteenth-century novel and realism more generally; Victorian poetry, non-fiction prose, and drama; sociology and literature; twentieth-century and contemporary experimental or conceptual writing and art.



Campus Life: The University and the Novel (not offered 2023/24)

ENGL 240 / COMP 239 SEM

What is a Novel? (not offered 2023/24)

ENGL 344 / COMP 364 SEM

Aestheticism & Decadence (not offered 2023/24)

Scholarship/Creative Work

The Comfort of Strangers:  Social Life and Literary Form (Oxford UP, 2016)



Reviews / Press for The Comfort of Strangers

The Times Literary Supplement

English Literature in Transition

Review 19

Princeton Alumni Weekly


Selected Articles

“Weapons of Mass Reduction”  Cabinet Magazine

“Crowd Management:  Matthew Arnold and the Science of Society”  Victorian Poetry, 41.1 (Spring 2003) 93-111.

“George Eliot and the Science of Society”  Novel, 42.9 (2003) 538-45. profile