My work focuses on British and transatlantic writing of the long eighteenth century, with particular interests in the broader writing, rhetoric, politics, and culture of the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment (1600-1800). Most of my published scholarship is on novels as political instruments in the eighteenth century, though my most recent research analyzes fiction alongside science writing, with attention to the mutual contributions of these to epistemological questions of what we know and how we know it. I have a guiding research interest in heuristics and heuristic problems, whether of literary criticism or epistemology.
A World of Disorderly Notions
My first book is A World of Disorderly Notions: Quixote and the Logic of Exceptionalism (University of Virginia Press, 2019). You can read more about the book and order a copy here.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Click below to view each published article (which may be behind paywalls):
8) “Fanny Hill and the Legibility of Consent” in ELH (accepted and forthcoming)
1) "Unworthy Global Citizens" in Comparative American Studies (2011)