University of Victoria, BA Hons
Concordia University, MA
University of California, Berkeley, MA, PhD

Dr. Gaston specializes in Romanticism, the long eighteenth-century, Victorian literature, and women’s writing. Her current research focuses on circulation, women’s mobility, and forms of property ownership in eighteenth and nineteenth-century fiction, especially in novels by Frances Burney, Charlotte Smith, Ann Radcliffe, and Jane Austen. Her publications include articles on political economy and Harriet Martineau, and on Austen and gossip; “Gossip Economies: Jane Austen, Lady Susan, and the Right to Self-Fashion” received the Graduate Paper Prize from the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. Dr. Gaston’s other interests include contemporary Canadian poetry and creative writing; her book of poetry, Cityscapes in Mating Season (Signature Editions), was named one of the ten “must-read” books of 2017 by the League of Canadian Poets. She has previously held an inaugural Simpson Literary Fellowship, and has received UC Berkeley’s Teaching Effectiveness Award.


Critical and Creative Works:

Three Entries: Elizabeth Clark, The Advertisement; Or, Twenty Years Ago (1818); Lady Cassandra Hawke, Julia de Gramont (1788); Alicia Catherine Mant, Montague Newburgh; Or, The Mother and Son (1817). The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Edited by April London, Cambridge UP. Forthcoming.

“Weaselhead Flats.” Canadian Notes and Queries. Forthcoming.

Review of Liberty in Jane Austen’s Persuasion, by Kathryn E. Davis. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, vol. 32, no. 1, Fall 2019.

“Collaging with Thom Gunn.” Brick, A Literary Journal, vol. 101, Summer 2018.

Cityscapes in Mating Season. Signature Editions, 2017.

“Gossip Economies: Jane Austen, Lady Susan, and the Right to Self-Fashion.” European Romantic Review, vol. 26, no. 3, June 2016, pp. 405-12.

“Natural Law and Unnatural Families in Martineau’s Illustrations of Political Economy.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts, vol. 38, no.3, 2016, pp. 195-207.

“More Lives Than This Plain Desperation: Carolyn Smart’s Careen. Arc Poetry Magazine, December 2016.

“Les Rues: Montreal.” The Best Canadian Poetry 2015, edited by Jacob McArthur Mooney, Molly Peacock, and Anita Lahey, Tightrope Books, 2015, pp. 37-39.

“Lise Gaston on Daisy Fried and Elizabeth Bachinsky.” Lemon Hound, 2013.