Associate Professor

Miranda Burgess works on British and Irish literature from the 1780s to the 1830s, and the history and theory of form and genre, mobility, media, and feeling (sensation and emotion.) She is the author of British Fiction and the Production of Social Order, 1740-1830, which explores the uses of literary change in the development of British nationalism. She is completing Romantic Transport, 1790-1830, a book that examines the transportation infrastructures that facilitated the movement of people, objects, raw materials, books and feelings at the turn of the nineteenth century, and the way writers represented these kinds and technologies of movement. She has begun work on Being Moved, a cultural history of the emergence of a reader or viewer empowered or moved by art, in poetry, criticism and philosophy. Recent essays have explored connections between paper conservation and Britain’s investment in slave ownership in the work of Jane Austen and other female Romantic-period writers, the ethics of William Wordsworth’s theory of numeration, child labour, and the Atlantic slave economy, and the history of sensation and imperialism in early nineteenth-century literature and philosophy. Miranda Burgess was the 2017 co-winner, for a media history lab course co-designed with Thora Brylowe (U of Colorado), of the Pedagogy Contest held annually by the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. She also holds a UBC Killam Research Prize for 2002.