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Dahlia Porter

2007 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): Stuart Curran, Michael Gamer
"'Knowledge Broken': Empiricist Method and the Forms of Romanticism"

Assistant Professor of English, Vanderbilt University

Dahlia Porter received her BA from New York University and her MA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her dissertation, 'Knowledge Broken': Empiricist Method and the Forms of Romanticism, illustrates how authors at the turn of the century evolved new formal techniques in response to the expanding cultural authority of scientific method.

Her scholarly interests also include museums and botanical gardens, women's writing about science, science fiction, children's literature, and book publishing and advertising. Dahlia is the co-editor, with Michael Gamer, of the forthcoming Broadview edition of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads.

She teaches courses in Romanticism, Eighteenth-century British literature, poetry from the Restoration to the 20th century, and the novel; she has offered seminars on the confession, travel literature, and contemporary American culture. In 2006, Dahlia won a Dean's award for Distinguished Teaching.

Publications

Courses Taught

spring 2007

ENGL 040.001 British Poetry 1660-1914  

fall 2006

ENGL 040.001 British Poetry 1700-1925  
ENGL 250.301 The Politics of Nature cancelled  

summer 2006

ENGL 075.910 Science and Literature cancelled  

spring 2006

ENGL 050.001 The Romantic Period  

fall 2005

ENGL 250.601 Romantic Travelers