|(Ph.D., Rutgers University)
Professor of English
Department of English
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28223
Office: Fretwell, Rm. 290L
Phone: (704) 687-0391 Fax: (704) 687-1401
Office Hours [Fall 2015]: M. 3:30-5:30 W. 2:00-4:00 & by Appt
Welcome to my home page. I came to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte after having spent 13 years as a faculty member in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to my position in the Department of English I hold an appointment as Adjunct Professor of History.
As President of CELJ I recently published (Jan. 2014) an essay in the Chronicle titled "Ecce Emendator: The Cost of Knowledge for Scholarly Editors." The essay examines what it means to be an editor, the labor that's involved, the critical need for edited scholarly journals, and the absolute need for our respective institutions and administrators to value the work of scholarly editors.
My overview of Victorian Science can be found in the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature which has just been released. I am also on the planning committe for the 2016 meeting of the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) Conference in Asheville, NC [March 10-13]. The theme this year is "Natural and Unnatural Histories."
My most recent book DOLPHIN looks at the biology and cultural history of dolphins; it draws, in part, on the zoological research I conducted earlier in my career as well as on recent work in "animal studies." It is part of the "Animal Series" published by Reaktion Books and distributed in the US by University of Chicago Press. In 2011, I published a reprint of the travel narrative titled England in 1815, which was written by an American businessman just after the War of 1812. The reprint is published by Palgrave MacMillan.
Along with Martin Willis (University of Westminster), I am series editor for INTERSECTIONS in LITERATURE & SCIENCE, a book series published by University of Wales Press. The first book in the series, Scientific Americans by John Bruni, was published in 2014. We welcome book proposals from interested authors!
In my essay "The Scholarly Journal: Hindsight Toward a Digital Future" in The Journal of Scholarly Publishing (Volume 42, Number 1, October 2010), I explore some issues related to new media and scholarship, which I will also be pursuing in two sessions at the 2012 meeting of the MLA. My essay 'The Pupil of Nature: Science and Natural Theology in Maria Hack's Harry Beaufoy," is now available in the collection Science in the Nursery: The Popularisation of Science in Britain and France, 1761-1901, edited by Laurence Talairach-Vielmas, and published in 2011 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. My ongoing work also includes the study of earthenware "bric-a-brac" (figurines) as emblems of knowledge, an analysis of Dickens's response to Malthus, and a study of the perception of animals based on the Sukotyro, "discovered" by the Dutch explorer, Johannes Nieuhoff. (A more detailed description of my research and interests can be found below.)
The research I have conducted on popularizations of science for children has generated a productive alliance with University of Florida's remarkable Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature which ranks among the very best collections nationally and internationally.
I have served as President for the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, the premier scholarly organization for interdisciplinary studies in the United States. The Society not only supports interdisciplinary scholarship, but is interesting in advancing that work by supporting and acknowledging the work of graduate students and junior faculty. You can support this work by contributiong to SLSA (a 501(c)3 organization). Please contact Carol Colatrella, the Executive Director of SLSA.
As President of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, I am very interested in understanding how editors, scholars, librarians, and publishers can work together to improve the future of digital scholarship, and perhaps even set standards that would be widely accepted. I have begun to address those issues an essay in the Journal of Scholarly Publishing. Other digital issues that I am trying to address are "the future of history in a digital age," and the function of memory and mnemonics in a digital culture.
Some Useful Pages for English Graduate & Undergraduate Students:|| Professional Development--Graduate Students || Style Guide for Papers || Common Writing Problems || Writing Overview ||
|| Email Etiquette || Terms in Literary & Cultural Criticism || Literary Sources and Sites || M.A. Concentration in Children's Literature ||
Previous Courses:|| History of the Book: From Print to Pixel || Science, Technology, & Society || Colonial Literature || British Literature Survey 2 ||
|| The Victorian Novel || Darwin & the Crisis of Faith || Alan's courses from Fall 2002 ||
RESEARCH & INTERESTS:
My research in the cultural studies of science deals primarily with the dissemination of knowledge in the nineteenth century and its impact on the novel. The book discusses the influence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK), of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and of other compendia of knowledge on "pre-Darwinian" authors including Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley, Charles Kingsley, and George Eliot. The book, Useful Knowledge: The Victorians, Morality, and 'The March of Intellect', which focuses on encyclopedias and similar "knowledge texts," is available from Duke University Press. Useful Knowledge was selected by Choice as an "Outstanding Academic Book of the Year."
I have also edited The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century (1827), a work of speculative fiction written by the horticultural popularizer, Jane Webb Loudon (University of Michigan Press, 1994). Prior to that I co-edited, with George Levine, One Culture: Essays in Science and Literature (University of Wisconsin, 1987).
While at Georgia Tech I helped develop the undergraduate degree program in Science, Technology, and Culture (STAC). I was a founding editor ofConfigurations: A Journal of Literature , Science, and Technology which is published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
With the assistance of Melanie Carty, a Charlotte Research Scholar, I am currently looking at the impact of private subscription libraries in England. While at the Huntington Library, I held the Trent Dames Fellow in the History of Civil Engineering. My research there, on turnpikes, bridges, roads, and travel, feeds directly into my work on the dissemination of knowledge in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In the last few years, I have also been a Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at Cambridge University, and at the Harry Ransom Research Center.
Publications & Works in Progress|| The Sukotyro: On the Extinction of a Non-Existent Animal || Women in Science, Technology, & Culture [In progress] || "Private Reading: Public Knowledge" ||
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