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Marianne Brooker

Birkbeck, University of London

Thesis title: The Materials of Method’: Fugitive Knowledge and Romantic Apprehension

Supervisors: Dr Luisa Calè

My thesis explores the pursuit of complete knowledge through readings of romantic-period poetry, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, instructional manuals, and museum descriptions. I am particularly interested in the bibliographic practices developed in the period to compile and contain ‘fugitive pieces’: ephemeral, occasional, fragmentary texts which resist coherent or permanent organisation. 

I have presented work at conferences convened by BARS, BSECS and TORCH, and in the coming year I will present work at the  Freie Universität (Berlin), the Société d’Études Anglo-Américaines XVII-XVIII (Paris), and at a conference hosted jointly by the German Historical Institute (Washington) and Princeton University. In July 2017 I co-organised the bicentennial conference Sibylline Leaves: Chaos and Compilation in the Romantic Period, supported by BARS and the Keats-Shelley Association of America. From 2016-7 I was an editorial intern in academic publishing online at 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century. Before moving to London I read English (BA and MPhil) at the University of Cambridge. 

Research interests

Collection and compilation; encyclopaedism; museums, digital humanities; eighteenth century and romantic-period literature; the intersections between law and literature.


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