Devin M. Garofalo's research focuses on nineteenth-century British literature, formalism, science studies, the environmental humanities, and empire. She received her PhD in Literary Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. Her current book project, Interworlds, explores how nineteenth-century thinkers were newly attuned to the formal and scalar variety of material life--to how the human body might function as an entire world from the perspective of an insect, even as the category of "world" also encompasses the luminous bodies glimmering in the night sky. Romantic and Victorian thinkers in this way imagined the world as a plenum of spatiotemporal complexities that escape, exceed, and unsettle the bounded forms of the cartographic globe. This plenum reconfigures the conventional oppositions between subject and object, human and nonhuman, individual and collective, thus conveying forms of relationality that resist colonial appropriation and afford experimental models for the organization of material and political life. Throughout Interworlds, Garofalo considers how nineteenth-century worldings might help us think through and beyond the entrenched fatalism which so often characterizes our ecological present and future.
Portions of this project and related research have appeared or are forthcoming in Essays in Romanticism, Women's Writing, and Victorian Literature and Culture. Garofalo's writing has also appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and V21's Collations: Book Forum. Her teaching interests include Romantic and Victorian literatures, gender and sexuality, empire and race, science studies and the environmental humanities, and critical theory. Before joining UNT, she spent two years as an assistant professor in English at Florida Atlantic University and three years with UW-Madison's Center for the Humanities, where she held a joint appointment as Mellon Public Humanities Fellow and program coordinator for the Great World Texts in Wisconsin (GWT) program. As GWT coordinator, she brought university faculty and staff together with high school educators and students across the state of Wisconsin in the study of world literature. Part of this work involved authoring multi-unit teaching guides on Wu Cheng'en's Journey to the West, William Shakespeare's The Tempest, and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. These teaching guides (and others) are freely available for public use and can be found here. All of Garofalo's work is in some way dedicated to exploring the import of humanistic inquiry--and literary studies, in particular--now. She welcomes opportunities to join in collective work across disciplinary, institutional, and discursive boundaries.