Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Media, and Culture
I teach courses in environmental literary studies, public humanities, and European literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with emphases in media studies, information theory, and environmental history. My most recent book, Ossianic Unconformities: Bardic Poetry in the Industrial Age (Virginia UP, 2015), explores a modern quest to locate vestiges of ancient poetry in the landscapes of an industrial world. My more recent publications continue to study the intersections of environmental and literary history in Scottish and French romanticism. I have also published several co-authored articles that apply methods from geographical information science, computational linguistics, and network modelling to the print archive of Scottish industrialization.
With Michael Gavin, "The Conceptual Structure of Ossianic Space" Literary Geographies 9.1 (2023): 1-24.
"Industrial Transport and Political Economy in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine" Studies in Romanticism 61.2 (Summer 2022): 279-303.
"Scottish Poetry and Ecology" in The International Companion to Scottish Literature of the Long Eighteenth-Century, ed. Leith Davis and Janet Sorensen (Edinburgh University Press, 2021).
"Romanticism and the Logic of Culture" Romantic Circles, 2020.
With Michael Gavin, "Infrastructural Semantics: Postal Networks and Statistical Accounts in Scotland, 1790-1845" International Journal of Geographical Information Science (2019) 10.1080/13658816.2019.1631454.
I am also the Editor of Philological Quarterly.