B.A. Lawrence University, 2012
I am a PhD candidate in the department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research takes both theoretical and historical approaches to the study of the novel as a literary form, considering how the quintessentially "modern" genre functions within the larger discourse of modernity. I focus primarily on eighteenth-century British literature, though my interest in the novel writ large brings me to objects of inquiry spanning historical periods from the 18th century to the present. My dissertation project, tentatively entitled "Accidents Waiting to Happen: Plotting the Unexpected in the Eighteenth-Century Novel," focuses on the proliferation of accidents (particularly carriage accidents) in eighteenth-century fiction. This project considers the ways in which accidental events function simultaneously to move the plots of novels forward and lead characters to think more carefully about systems of causation (e.g. Providence, fortune, Fate, etc.) as a result.