Andrew Bricker is a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. Before coming to UBC, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at McGill University (2014-6) and a Mellon Fellow of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia (2013-6). He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. from Stanford University (2014). He is currently writing a book about 17th- and 18th-century satire and the development of defamation law, based on his dissertation, which won the Department of English’s Alden Dissertation Prize at Stanford and was supported by a SSHRC graduate fellowship (2007-11), a Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2012-3), and a Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship awarded by the American Council of Learned Societies (2013-4). He has held visiting research fellowships at the Huntington Library, in San Marino, California; the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University; the Clark Library at the University of California at Los Angeles; the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C.; the Bibliographical Society of America; and the Summer School on the Cultural Study of the Law at the University of Osnabrück, Germany.
Andrew Bricker’s teaching interests extend from and influence his research. He teaches classes in Eighteenth-Century British Literature (1660-1830); the History and Theory of Satire; the History and Theory of the Novel; Narrative and Narrative Theory; Poetry and Poetics; Law and Literature; the History of the Book; and Cognitive Approaches to Literature. He has also taught courses on the picaresque novel, early twentieth-century American fiction, Shakespeare, and the relationship between literature and philosophy and in composition.
With Diana Tamir, David Dodell-Feder and Jason Mitchell. “Reading Fiction and Reading Minds: The Role of Simulation in the Default Network.” Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (Fall 2015): 1-10.
“‘Laughing a Folly out of Countenance’: Laughter and the Limits of Reform in Eighteenth-Century Satire.” The Power of Laughter and Satire in Early Modern Britain c. 1520-1820: Contestation and Construction. Ed. Mark Knights and Adam Morton. Woodbridge, England: Boydell & Brewer (forthcoming 2016).
Rev. of Anne Toner, Ellipsis in English Literature: Signs of Omission (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Philological Quarterly (forthcoming).
Works in Progress
“Fielding after Mandeville: Virtue, Self-Interest and ‘Good Nature’.” Article (under review).
“From Print to Prints: Caricature, Libel and the Deverbalization of Satire.” Article (under review).
“Satire in the Courts, 1670-1792.” Book Manuscript (in draft).