Blakey Vermeule

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Blakey Vermeule
Born (1966-07-14) 14 July 1966 (age 51)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Occupation Writer, Speaker, Literary Critic
Nationality American

Emily Dickinson Blake Vermeule (born July 14, 1966), commonly known as Blakey Vermeule is an American scholar of eighteenth-century British literature and theory of mind.[1] She is a Professor of English at Stanford University.


Vermeule is the daughter of classicist Emily Vermeule and former Museum of Fine Arts curator Cornelius Clarkson Vermeule III. Her brother, Adrian Vermeule, is a professor at Harvard Law School.[2] Her wife is Terry Castle, also a professor of English at Stanford.[3]

Her research interests include British literature from 1660–1800, critical theory, major British poets, post-Colonial fiction, the history of the novel, the cognitive underpinnings of fiction, and human evolutionary psychology. Her recent scholarship has focused on Darwinian literary studies.[4][5] Vermeule previously taught at Northwestern University and Yale University.

In 2015, Vermeule co-founded the book review, The New Rambler.[6]


Ph.D. English Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
B.A. English, summa cum laude, Yale University, 1988


  • The Party of Humanity: Writing Moral Psychology in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2000) ISBN 0-8018-6459-3
  • Why Do We Care about Literary Characters? (2009) ISBN 0-8018-9360-7