Dr Dahlia Porter

  • Lecturer in English Literature (English Literature)

Research interests

Dr. Dahlia Porter joined the department in 2017 as Lecture in English Literature. A native of Buffalo, NY, she took a BA from New York University, an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Glasgow, she taught Eighteenth-century and Romantic literature at Vanderbilt University and the University of North Texas.

Dr. Porter’s research has focused on the organization of knowledge and literary form in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her first book, Science, Form and the Problem of Induction in British Romanticism (forthcoming, Cambridge UP) argues that the formal mixtures definitive of Romantic literature arose when authors applied the inductive method of experimental science to the work of literary composition. Writing in response to a moment of information saturation not unlike our own, Romantic authors both embraced and resisted a compositional method that generated, as Coleridge bemoaned, “an immense heap of little things.” Bridging the history of science and book history, the project isolates authors’ fraught responses to Enlightenment empiricism as materialized on the printed pages of Romantic books.

She is currently completing a second monograph, provisionally titled The Poetics of Inventory, which investigates the cultural and epistemological power of catalogues and inventories from 1750-1850. This book analyses catalogues of various kinds, including botanical taxonomies, lists of anatomical preparations, records of chemical experiments, topographical lists and maps, library and museum catalogues, and advertising lists of recent publications. It shows that these utilitarian forms of writing—catalogues and inventories were obviously produced to keep track of and organize physical objects in space—also function as conduits between scientific and aesthetic/literary/artistic spheres of thought and practice in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. Taken together, the book’s chapters illuminate how modern scientific disciplines were born out of methodological and conceptual exchanges with what we now call the humanities.

Dahlia has organized conference and symposia on related to this project, most recently a working group on “Manuscript, Print, and the Organization of Knowledge” at the Jerwood Center in Grasmere and a two day symposium on “The Materiality of Scientific Knowledge: Image-Text-Book” at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017, she is planning a number of related events, including “Robert Southey and Romantic-era literature, culture and science: 1797, 1817, a Bicentennial Conference” (co-organized with Tim Fulford) on 11-13 April 2017 in Bristol; a one-day NASSR pre-conference on “Romantic Life Sciences” (co-organized with Tilottama Rajan) on 9 Aug. 2017; and a working group on “Resembling Science: The Unruly Object across the Disciplines,” (co-organized with Meghan Doherty and Courtney Roy) at the Bibliography across the Disciplines conference, 12-15 October 2017.

Dr. Porter has published articles and book chapters on the history of botanical illustration and poetic collections; Charlotte Smith’s poetry and children’s books; Robert Southey’s compositional methods; the poetic afterlives of eighteenth-century novels; and the relationship between topography and picturesque aesthetics in journals such as Representations, Romanticism, European Romantic Review, The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation, Wordsworth Circle, and Literature Compass. Her work has also appeared in the essay collections Charlotte Smith and British Romanticism and The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction. She is the co-editor, with Michael Gamer, of Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, 1798 and 1800 (Broadview, 2008). She is a co-author, with 22 other scholars in six academic fields, of Interacting with Print: Reading and Beyond in the Era of Print Saturation (forthcoming, University of Chicago Press), a collaboratively written history of print interactivity from 1700-1900. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, the American Philosophical Society, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.   

 

 


Grants

Grants and Fellowships

Co-PI [with Lynne Farrington], “The Materiality of Scientific Knowledge: Image-Text-Book,” Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant, 2016 [Award amount: $10,000

Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography, Rare Book School, University of Virginia, 2013-2016[Award amount: ~$30,000]

PI, “Manuscript, Print, and the Organization of Knowledge,” a symposium at the Jerwood Center, Grasmere, UK, Sept. 2016. I-GRO Global Research Initiation Grant, University of North Texas [Award amount: $8,800]

PI, “Josiah Wedgwood and the Chemistry of Color,” Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, University of North Texas, 2016 [$4600]

PI, “Interdisciplinary Research in Literature and Science,” Micro-grant, University of North Texas, 2014-2015 [Award amount: $1500]

PI, “Bureaucracy and the Organization of Knowledge,” Rare Book School at University of Virginia, 2013-2014 [Award amount: $4,000]

PI, “The Beautiful Science of Medicine: Aesthetics in the Collections of William and John Hunter, 1750-1830,” American Philosophical Society Franklin Grant, 2014 [Award amount: $6,000]   

Co-PI [with Gabriel Cervantes, Nora Gilbert, Justin Jones, and Marilyn Morris], 18th/19th-Century Studies Group Team Mentoring Grant, University of North Texas, 2014-2016 [Award amount: $7500]    

PI, “Making Medicine a Beautiful Science: Aesthetics in the Collections of William and John Hunter,” Research Initiation Grant, University of North Texas, 2013 [Award amount: $10,000]

PI, “Advertising the Romantic Book,” Research Scholar Summer Travel Grant, Vanderbilt University, 2011[Award amount: $6000]

 


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Publications

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Number of items: 19.

2018

Porter, D. (2018) John Langhorne's Frederic and Pharamond, Or, The Consolations of Human Life (1769). In: London, A. (ed.) The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

Porter, D. (2018) John Langhorne's Letters to Eleonora (1770-1). In: London, A. (ed.) The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

Porter, D. (2018) John Langhorne's Solyman and Almena (1762). In: London, A. (ed.) The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

Porter, D. (2018) John Langhorne's The Effusions of Friendship and Fancy (1763). In: London, A. (ed.) The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

Porter, D. (2018) John Langhorne's The Letters that passed between Theodosius and Constantia; after she had taken the veil (1763). In: London, A. (ed.) The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

2017

Porter, D. (2017) Interacting with Print: Elements of Reading in the Era of Print Saturation. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226469140

Porter, D. (2017) Science, Form, and the Problem of Induction in British Romanticism. Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

Porter, D. (2017) Specimen poetics: botany, reanimation, and the Romantic collection. Representations, 139(1), pp. 60-94. (doi:10.1525/rep.2017.139.1.60)

2016

Cervantes, G. and Porter, D. (2016) Extreme empiricism: John Howard, poetry, and the thermometrics of reform. Eighteenth Century, 57(1), pp. 95-119. (doi:10.1353/ecy.2016.0004)

2015

Porter, D. (2015) The spectral lamb: poetic afterlives of the late eighteenth-century novel. In: Cook, D. and Seager, N. (eds.) The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781107054684

2013

Porter, D. (2013) Maps, lists, views: how the picturesque Wye transformed topography. Romanticism, 19(2), pp. 163-178. (doi:10.3366/rom.2013.0129)

Porter, D. (2013) Review of Janelle A. Schwartz, Worm Work: Recasting Romanticism) Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012, 296 p.). Configurations, 21(2), pp. 237-240. (doi:10.1353/con.2013.0010) [Book Review]

2012

Porter, D. (2012) Science and technology. In: Lynch, J. (ed.) Samuel Johnson in Context. Cambridge University Press, pp. 320-328. ISBN 9780521190107

2011

Porter, D. (2011) Poetics of the commonplace: composing Robert Southey. Wordsworth Circle, 42, pp. 27-33.

2010

Lam, L. H. and Porter, D. (2010) Hybrid commodities, gendered aesthetics, and the challenge of cross-cultural comparison: A response to Moretti’s ‘The Novel: History and Theory’. Literature Compass, 7(9), pp. 900-911. (doi:10.1111/j.1741-4113.2010.00738.x)

2009

Porter, D. (2009) Formal relocations: the method of Southey's Thalaba the Destroyer (1801). European Romantic Review, 20(5), pp. 671-679. (doi:10.1080/10509580903407829)

2008

Gamer, M. and Porter, D. (Eds.) (2008) Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800, Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth. Series: Broadview editions. Broadview Press: Peterborough, Canada. ISBN 9781551116006

Porter, D. (2008) From nosegay to specimen cabinet: Charlotte Smith and the labour of collecting. In: Labbe, J. (ed.) Charlotte Smith in British Romanticism. Series: Enlightenment world (5). Pickering and Chatto: London. ISBN 9781851969456

2007

Porter, D. (2007) Scientific analogy and literary taxonomy in Darwin's Loves of the Plants. European Romantic Review, 18(2), pp. 213-221. (doi:10.1080/10509580701297950)

This list was generated on Fri Nov 17 16:45:31 2017 GMT.
Number of items: 19.

Articles

Porter, D. (2017) Specimen poetics: botany, reanimation, and the Romantic collection. Representations, 139(1), pp. 60-94. (doi:10.1525/rep.2017.139.1.60)

Cervantes, G. and Porter, D. (2016) Extreme empiricism: John Howard, poetry, and the thermometrics of reform. Eighteenth Century, 57(1), pp. 95-119. (doi:10.1353/ecy.2016.0004)

Porter, D. (2013) Maps, lists, views: how the picturesque Wye transformed topography. Romanticism, 19(2), pp. 163-178. (doi:10.3366/rom.2013.0129)

Porter, D. (2011) Poetics of the commonplace: composing Robert Southey. Wordsworth Circle, 42, pp. 27-33.

Lam, L. H. and Porter, D. (2010) Hybrid commodities, gendered aesthetics, and the challenge of cross-cultural comparison: A response to Moretti’s ‘The Novel: History and Theory’. Literature Compass, 7(9), pp. 900-911. (doi:10.1111/j.1741-4113.2010.00738.x)

Porter, D. (2009) Formal relocations: the method of Southey's Thalaba the Destroyer (1801). European Romantic Review, 20(5), pp. 671-679. (doi:10.1080/10509580903407829)

Porter, D. (2007) Scientific analogy and literary taxonomy in Darwin's Loves of the Plants. European Romantic Review, 18(2), pp. 213-221. (doi:10.1080/10509580701297950)

Books

Porter, D. (2017) Interacting with Print: Elements of Reading in the Era of Print Saturation. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226469140

Porter, D. (2017) Science, Form, and the Problem of Induction in British Romanticism. Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

Book Sections

Porter, D. (2018) John Langhorne's Frederic and Pharamond, Or, The Consolations of Human Life (1769). In: London, A. (ed.) The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

Porter, D. (2018) John Langhorne's Letters to Eleonora (1770-1). In: London, A. (ed.) The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

Porter, D. (2018) John Langhorne's Solyman and Almena (1762). In: London, A. (ed.) The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

Porter, D. (2018) John Langhorne's The Effusions of Friendship and Fancy (1763). In: London, A. (ed.) The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

Porter, D. (2018) John Langhorne's The Letters that passed between Theodosius and Constantia; after she had taken the veil (1763). In: London, A. (ed.) The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

Porter, D. (2015) The spectral lamb: poetic afterlives of the late eighteenth-century novel. In: Cook, D. and Seager, N. (eds.) The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781107054684

Porter, D. (2012) Science and technology. In: Lynch, J. (ed.) Samuel Johnson in Context. Cambridge University Press, pp. 320-328. ISBN 9780521190107

Porter, D. (2008) From nosegay to specimen cabinet: Charlotte Smith and the labour of collecting. In: Labbe, J. (ed.) Charlotte Smith in British Romanticism. Series: Enlightenment world (5). Pickering and Chatto: London. ISBN 9781851969456

Book Reviews

Porter, D. (2013) Review of Janelle A. Schwartz, Worm Work: Recasting Romanticism) Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012, 296 p.). Configurations, 21(2), pp. 237-240. (doi:10.1353/con.2013.0010) [Book Review]

Edited Books

Gamer, M. and Porter, D. (Eds.) (2008) Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800, Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth. Series: Broadview editions. Broadview Press: Peterborough, Canada. ISBN 9781551116006

This list was generated on Fri Nov 17 16:45:31 2017 GMT.