Joan Klingel- Ray, Ph.D.


  • B.A. in English, summa cum laude, State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook
  • M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Brown University

Research Interests

Jane Austen, mid 17th- and 18th-century British literature, Donne through Gray

Area(s) of Specialization

Professor Ray was 3-term (2000-06) president of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), which you can access, and she is now president of the North American Friends of Chawton House Library, a research library in Hampshire, England, located on the 270-acre estate once owned by Jane Austen's brother, Edward Austen Knight. The Library's holdings are devoted to early women writers. She is the author of Jane Austen for Dummies (2006), of which John Sutherland (a prominent British scholar of late 18th and early 19th-century literature) said in the Financial Times , "If you're a dummy when you start this book, you won't be when you finish it!" She is currently working on the Dictionary of Literary Biography volume on Jane Austen, which will be a standard reference volume in university libraries. Recent journal articles by Professor Ray are in Notes and QueriesExplicator, and Persuasions On-Line.

Courses Taught at UCCS

  • 18th-c. British novel
  • 17th-c. lyric poetry
  • Satire
  • Milton
  • Jane Austen (Senior Seminar on Jane Austen; Jane Austen on Film; Jane Austen and her World)
  • 18th-c. drama and poetry the Gothic in Art and Literature