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Department of English Language and Literature


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 438 Scottish Literature
SCHC 452 Jane Austen Lives!
ENGL 383 Romanticism
ENGL 803 Regionalism
ENGL 282 Frankenstein’s Monsters
ENGL 821 Enlightenment and its Discontents

Professional Accolades

  • MLA Executive Committee, Scottish Literature, 2016-2021
  •  Provost REC Grant, “A USC Center for the Study of Values, Law, and the Humanities,” PI (with Holly Crocker, English; Thomas Crocker, Law; Justin Weinberg; Philosophy), University of South Carolina, 2015
  •  Provost Arts and Humanities Grant, University of South Carolina, Fall 2013; Fall 2010
  • Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of South Carolina, 2012
  •  College of Arts and Sciences Summer Supplement Award, University of South Carolina, Summer 201
  •  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, 2018, 2007

Current Research Projects 

The Time of the Tale: Romanticism, Region, and the Reordering of Tradition, 1760-1830

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.


  •  “Capital in the Nineteenth Century.” Twenty-First-Century Walter Scott, eds. Caroline McCracken-Flesher and Matthew Wickman (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019). (forthcoming)
  • “Reading for something other than the Plot in John Galt’s ‘Tales of the West.’”  International Companion to John Galt, eds. Gerard Carruthers and Colin Kidd.  (Edinburgh: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2017): 110-124.
  •  “James Hogg and the Medium of Romantic Prose.” Romantic Circles Praxis Series: “The Prose of Romanticism,” ed. Yoon Sun Lee (January 2017).
  • Fresh Air: Michel Faber’s Under the Skin, with a comment on Trainspotting.” Studies in Scottish Literature 43.2 (2017): 189-191. 
  •  “Cultural Nationalism in Scottish Literary Studies: The View from Elsewhere.”  Studies in Scottish Literature 41 (2015): 13-18.
  •  “Short Fictional Forms and the Rise of the Tale.”  The Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol. 2: 1750-1820, eds. Peter Garside and Karen O’Brien (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015): 478-494.
  • “We have never been National: Regionalism, Romance, and the Global in Walter Scott’s Waverley Novels.”  Global Romanticism: Origins, Orientations, and Engagements, 1760-1820, ed. Evan Gottlieb (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2014): 109-127.
  •  “Tales of the Colonies: Blackwood’s Provincialism and British Interests Abroad.”  Blackwood’s and Romanticism, eds, Robert Morrison and Daniel Sanjiv Roberts (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013): 267-78.
  •  “‘Associations Respect[ing] the Past’: Enlightenment and Romantic Historicism.”  A Concise Companion to the Romantic Age, ed. Jon Klancher (Oxford: Blackwell, 2009): 57-77.
  •  “Provincializing Enlightenment: Edinburgh Historicism and the Blackwoodian Regional Tale.”  Studies in Romanticism 48.2 (Summer 2009): 257-277.
  •  “Bloodless Revolution and the Form of the Novel.”  NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 37.1/2 (2003/2004): 24-44.


  • “Properties of Irish Fiction,” on Claire Connolly’s A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790-1829 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Sara L. Maurer’s The Dispossessed State: Narratives of Ownership in 19th-Century Britain and Ireland (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction3 (Fall 2014): 497-504.
  • Regina Hewitt, ed., John Galt: Observations and Conjectures (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2012). Studies in Scottish Literature1 (Fall 2014): 228-235.
  • Andrew Monnickendam, The Novels of Walter Scott and his Literary Relations (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013). Scottish Literary Review2 (2013): 115-117.
  •  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 History2 (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 

  •  “James Hogg and the Extraordinary Incidents of the Past,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Chicago, IL, August 2019
  •  “Collecting and Assembling: A Tale,” International Conference on Romanticism, Greenville, SC, October 2018
  •  “Capital in the Nineteenth Century,” Eleventh International Walter Scott Conference, Paris, France, July 2018
  •  “The Value of Improvement,” British Association of Romantic Studies (BARS) conference, York, UK, July 2017
  • “Higgledy-Piggledy Blackwood’s,” Blackwood’s Bicentenary Conference, Edinburgh, UK, July 2017
  •  “Political Arithmetic as Enlightenment Tool: from William Petty to Thomas Piketty,” Re:X6: A Re: Enlightenment Exchange, Glasgow, UK, October 2016
  • “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), Berkeley, CA, August 2016
  •  “Against the Novel” (with Scott Black), American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Pittsburgh, PA, March 2016
  • “The Old, Weird Scotland: Eighteenth-Century Ballad Collections and the Short Fiction of James Hogg,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Los Angeles, CA, March 2015

Other Information 

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

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