Dwight Codr

Associate Professor

Interim Associate Department Head



Dwight Codr is an Associate Professor of English and the Interim Associate Department Head at UConn, Storrs. Codr’s primary field is in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature. Additionally, he has interests in the following:

  • History of Economics
  • Economics and Religion
  • Disability Studies
  • History of the Novel
  • Daniel Defoe
  • Alexander Pope
  • Frankenstein.

In his own words, on his current research:

“My research and teaching interests are intensely historical. In particular, I study the intersection of religion and economics in the realm of eighteenth century British culture. My first book was a study of the history of usury, in which I argued that for writers of the early modern period usury encompassed a great deal more than taking interest on loans, and that in its name writers at the time of financial revolution (1690-1750) voiced concerns about financial mischief and malfeasance that still trouble us today.

The project on which I am currently at work bearing the working title Becoming Economic Being is a study of the notion that we are driven primarily by economic desires. The term that scholars use to describe such a model of the human being is “economic man” or homo economicus. Far from accepting the reality of this notion, I read homo economicus as material out which narratives of modernization are fashioned and as a kind of principle around which certain discourses of modernity are clarified and organized. Whereas scholars working in the tradition of Max Weber take the economization of the West (and its resultant disenchantment and rationalization) as preconditions for the later emergence of a richly economic modern subject, I resist the temptation to read economic man as the ineluctable byproduct of modernity. What Becoming Economic offers is a close reading of the narrative of modernity, in which what gets revealed is the toxic result of believing that being economic is the most or the only thing that we can or should aim to be. I argue that the modern subject, often doomed by such a limiting and limited sense of human value and worth, is thus divided from and against itself. This division leaves a deep sense of shame about productivity which in turn generates ever more anxious and desperate attempts to mimic the master figure.”


Restoration & 18th Century British Literature

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Contact Information
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Mailing AddressUniversity of Connecticut
Department of English
215 Glenbrook Road
U-4025 Storrs, CT 06269-4025
Office LocationAustin 121
Office HoursM 1:30pm - 3:30pm (In-Person Walk-In) and Tu 9:00am - 10:00am scheduled by Nexus, for students enrolled in current courses (Virtual)
CoursesIntroduction to Literary Studies (a.k.a. "The Frankenstein Course"), Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Prose Fiction before the Novel, The Theory of the Gift (Graduate), The Short Story, Myths of Modernity (Composition), The Culture of Money before and after the Science of Economics (Graduate)