BA (Winnipeg) MA, PhD (McMaster)
I came to the department at Kent in September 2013, after completing a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture at Carleton University. My postdoctoral project looked at the interaction between British collections of Native North American material culture during the eighteenth century and representations of the “Indian” in literary texts, as well as the ways in which First Nations objects informed and challenged European epistemologies. My book The Savage and Modern Self: North American Indians in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture examines the representations of North American "Indians" in novels, poetry, plays, and material culture from eighteenth-century Britain. Author Robbie Richardson argues that depictions of "Indians" in British literature were used to critique and articulate evolving ideas about consumerism, colonialism, "Britishness," and, ultimately, the "modern self" over the course of the century.
Office: W2.N6 (Rutherford)
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I am interested in supervising students in any area of eighteenth-century British literature, and am particularly interested in interdisciplinary research. My own interests include transatlantic exchange, subject formation, material culture, including the history of collecting, antiquarianism, and museums, First Nations studies, colonial discourse, and the rise of consumerism and popular culture.
Peer review and copy editing for Eighteenth-Century Fiction; Member, Canadian Society For Eighteenth-Century Studies.