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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Anthony Jarrells

Title: Associate Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-5993
Office: HUO 213
Resources: English Language and Literature


PhD, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2002

Areas of Specialization 

    Eighteenth-Century Literature

Recently Taught Courses 

ENGL 821    Romanticism and the Enlightenment
ENGL 439    Tales of Terror, Outrage, and Delinquency
ENGL 288    British Literature
ENGL 383    Romanticism
ENGL 718    What is Enlightenment?

Professional Accolades 

    Provost Arts and Humanities Grant, University of South Carolina, Fall 2013; Fall 2010
    Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of South Carolina, 2012
    English Department Research Professorship, University of South Carolina, Spring 2011
    College of Arts and Sciences Summer Supplement Award, University of South Carolina, Summer 2010
    Summer Research Fellowship, The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, Summer 2009
    Visiting Research Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), Edinburgh University, Spring 2008
    Excellence in Teaching Award, English Department, University of South Carolina, 2007

Current Research Projects 

The Time of the Tale: Romanticism, Enlightenment, and the ‘Intermixing’ of Genre

According to recent publishing figures, use of the word “tale” grew steadily in popularity from the 1760s through the first decades of the nineteenth century.  By 1820, it surpassed “novel” and “romance” to become the most popular classification for prose fiction in the UK, accounting for over 34% of titles published in that decade.  My current project looks at the tale’s rise and asks two questions about the relationship between literary-historical periods and generic categories.  First, what happens to our sense of the Romantic period when we regard it, as publishing figures suggest we might, as a time of tales?  Second, how do tales use time – how do they engage it, or represent it – differently than other Romantic-era genres, such as lyric or the novel?

Selected Publications 

Britain's Bloodless Revolutions: 1688 and the Romantic Reform of Literature (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005; 2nd ed., paperback, 2012).
Blackwood's Magazine, 1817-1825, ed., Vol. 2: Selected Prose (6 Vols., general editor Nicholas Mason). London: Pickering and Chatto, 2006.

    “After Novels: Short Fictional Forms and the Rise of the Tale.”  The Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol. 2: 1750-1820, edited by Peter Garside and Karen O’Brien (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015): 478-495, forthcoming.
    “We have never been National: Regionalism, Romance, and the Global in Scott’s Waverley Novels.”  British Romanticism and Early Globalization: Developing the Modern World Picture, edited by Evan Gottlieb(Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2014), forthcoming.
    “Properties of Irish Fiction.”  NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 46.3 (Fall 2014), forthcoming.
    “Tales of the Colonies: Blackwood’s Provincialism and British Interests Abroad.”  Blackwood’s and Romanticism, edited by Robert Morrison and Daniel Sanjiv Roberts (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013): 267-78.
    “The Tale.”  The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature, 3 vols., edited by Frederick Burwick, Nancy Goslee, and Diane Long Hoeveler (Oxford: Blackwell, 2012): 1368-1374. 
    “Provincializing Enlightenment: Edinburgh Historicism and the Blackwoodian Regional Tale.”  Studies in Romanticism 48.2(Summer 2009): 257-277.
    “‘Associations Respect[ing] the Past’: Enlightenment and Romantic Historicism.”  A Concise Companion to the Romantic Age, edited by Jon Klancher (Oxford: Blackwell, 2009): 57-77.
    “Bloodless Revolution and the Form of the Novel.”  NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 37.1/2 (2003/2004): 24-44.

    Thomas C. Richardson, ed., James Hogg: Contributions to Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 2: 1829-1835 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012).  Studies in Hogg and his World 23 (2013): 108-111.
    Anne Frey, British State Romanticism: Authorship, Agency, and Bureaucratic Nationalism (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009).  Clio: a Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 41.2 (2012): 10-15.
    Tim Killick, British Short Fiction in the Early Nineteenth Century: the Rise of the Tale (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).  BARS Bulletin and Review 38 (2011): 21-22.
    Miriam Wallace, Revolutionary Subjects in the English “Jacobin” Novel, 1790-1805 (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2009).  New Books of Literature – 19 (Dec. 2010).
    David Simpson, Wordsworth, Commodification and Social Concern (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 55 (Aug. 2009).

Recent Presentations 

    “We have never been National,” Tenth International Walter Scott Conference, Aberdeen, Scotland, July 2014
    “James Macpherson, Alexander Dow, and the Birth of the Scottish Tale,” First World Congress of Scottish Literatures, Glasgow, Scotland, July 2014
    “Mixed Media: the Ballad, the Tale, and Ossian,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Williamsburg, VA, March 2014
    "The Ballad and the Tale," Romantic and Victorian Studies Group, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, September 2013
    "Hybrid Forms, Oral and Print; or, Does the word 'ballads' in Lyrical Ballads do the same work as the word 'tales' in Lyrical Tales?" North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), Boston, MA, August 2013
    "The Time of the Tale," Eighteenth-Century Studies Group, SUNY-Albany, October 2012
    "Made Stories: Tales, Novels, and the Borders of Genre," Novel Worlds: the First Biennial Conference for the Society for Novel Studies, Durham, NC, April 2012

Other Information 

Co-editor (with Patrick Scott), Studies in Scottish Literature