1. Revolutions in Communication: The Politics of Mediation in Romantic Literature (book manuscript)
Asks how the expansion of telecommunication networks in late 18th- and early 19th-century Britain and the Atlantic shaped ideas about mediation in Romantic literature. Taking up the expanding postal, optical telegraph, packet boat, and turnpike networks, I show how and why the British state weaponized communication in historically unprecedented ways. Subsequent chapters chronicle an emerging awareness among writers (including Maria Edgeworth, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Charlotte Smith) of the transformative power of these communication media and demonstrate how their writings contest the politics inscribed in its networks.
2. Romanticism, Authorship, and the Theatre (book manuscript)
Examines the theatre’s influence on authorship in the Romantic period. Through a series of case studies, argues that theatre’s displacement of language with visual effects and music occurring with the rise of melodrama forced Romantic poets writing for the stage—including Coleridge, Byron, and Keats—to renegotiate their relationships with their texts and to rethink their roles as authors, even beyond the theatre. Initial chapters consider drama’s increasing reliance on scenic effects and music, displacing language as the primary medium of performance, while subsequent chapters show how Romantic writers responded to the changing theatrical landscape in their own dramatic attempts.
3. Romantic Communication Networks (DH project)
This database uses GIS tools to map expanding postal and packet networks in Britain and the Atlantic during the Napoleonic war, with the goal of allowing users to visualize the circulation of mail between 1803 and 1815 and to see how these systems fluctuated in months of heightened military conflict. My goal for this project is to help students and scholars get a better sense of the temporal rhythms that mediated interpersonal communication in this period and representations of correspondence in its literature.