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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Jeanne M. Britton

Title: Affiliate Faculty
Curator, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-5954
Office: HUO 303
Resources: English Language and Literature


BA University of South Carolina (English)
PhD University of Chicago (Comparative Literature)


   Eighteenth-Century Literature
   History of Science, Book History


ENG 288
ENG 419 (Reorienting Plot: Maps and Fiction)
ENG 724 (Reading, Thinking, and Feeling in the Romantic Period)

Research Projects

   "'Irritable Reaching' and the Conditions of Romantic Mediation" (essay for edited collection on John Keats and negative capability, collection under review)
   "The Digital Piranesi,” a digital humanities project that reimagines the works of eighteenth-century printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi (funded by an ASPIRE II Grant)
   “Ghostwriting: Historical Readers and Library Collections,” a digital humanities project that collects, catalogs, and disseminates significant marks left by historical readers in library books (funded by a Provost's Grant)

Selected Publications

   "'To Know What You Are All Thinking': Riddles and Minds in Jane Austen's Emma" (forthcoming, Poetics Today)
   “Fictional Footnotes, Novelistic Mediation, and Romantic Orientalism: Elizabeth Hamilton’s Translation of the Letters of a Hindoo RajahEuropean Romantic Review (Dec 2015): 773-787.
   “Theorizing Character in Maria Edgeworth’s BelindaNineteenth-Century Literature 67.4 (March 2013): 433-456.
   “Written on the Brow: Character, Narrative, and the Face in Byron and Austen” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 34.5 (Dec 2012):1-15.
   “Translating Sympathy by the Letter: Henry Mackenzie, Sophie de Condorcet, and Adam Smith” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 22.2 (Fall 2009): 71-98.
   “Novelistic Sympathy in Mary Shelley’s FrankensteinStudies in Romanticism 48.1 (Spring 2009): 3-22. Reprinted in Frankenstein: Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations (2013).