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November 19, 2012

Joseph Drury

I teach courses on eighteenth-century and Romantic British literature. I have a particular interest in the history and theory of the novel, the history of science and technology and its intersections with literary culture, material culture and "thing theory," and the history of sexuality. I am working on a book, titled Novel Machines: Technology and Form in Eighteenth-Century British Fiction, which explores how novelists responded to the new prominence of machines in eighteenth-century British culture, and shows in particular how the distinct narrative dynamics of the period’s fiction were shaped by the effort to turn the novel itself into an Enlightenment machine.

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