Dr. Dahlia Porter specializes in literature and culture of the Romantic period (1770-1830) in Britain. Her research and teaching focus on the relationship of science and literature, the history of books and printing, children's literature, women authors, and poetry. Her first book examines late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century formal hybrids--long poems with scientific footnotes, experimental novels littered with verse, and mixed genre collections. These "composite orders" adapt the inductive method of natural philosophy to the work of literary composition, revealing how literary authors negotiated the legacy of Enlightenment empiricism by manipulating formal and generic conventions. Her second book project, provisionally titled The Poetics of Inventory, examines how catalogues function to bridge aesthetic, commercial, and scientific practices while also establishing new disciplinary boundaries. Dr. Porter's articles have appeared in European Romantic Review, Wordsworth Circle, and Romanticism as well as essay collections on Charlotte Smith and Samuel Johnson; she has also co-edited, with Michael Gamer, an edition of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads, 1798 and 1800 (Broadview, 2008).
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