University of Victoria, BA
Boston University, MA, PhD

Miranda Burgess received her Ph.D. from Boston University. She is a specialist in British and Irish Romantic poetry and prose and in the history and theory of feeling, mobility, and literary form. Her first book, British Fiction and the Production of Social Order, 1740-1830, on genre and the mediation of emergent theories of nation-ness, was published in the Studies in Romanticism series of Cambridge University Press in 2000. Her most recent series of articles, in Studies in Romanticism, Poetics Today, and European Romantic Review, explored intersections between mobility, medical history, and figuration in Wordsworth, Owenson, and Mary Shelley. Her current book project is Romantic Transport: Mobility, Anxiety, and the Poetics of Feeling, 1790-1830.


British and Irish Romantic literature (especially in maritime and global contexts), media history, history of feeling

Recent Publications:

  • “Sydney Owenson’s Tropics.” European Romantic Review 26, 3 (2015): 281-288.
  • “Transporting Frankenstein: Mary Shelley’s Mobile Figures.” European Romantic Review 25 (2014): 247-265.
  • “Frankenstein’s Transport: Modernity, Mobility, and the Science of Feeling.” In Evan Gottlieb, ed., Global Romanticism: Origins, Orientations, and Engagements, 1760-1820. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2014. 127-148.
  • Romantic Mediations. Coedited with Michelle Levy and Alexander Dick. Special issue of European Romantic Review 22, 3 (2011): 227-430.
  • “Introduction: Romantic Mediations.” With Alexander Dick and Michelle Levy. European Romantic Review 22 (2011): 277-280.
  • “On Being Moved: Sympathy, Mobility, and Narrative Form.” Poetics Today 32 (2011): 289-320.
  • “Transport: Mobility, Anxiety, and the Romantic Poetics of Feeling.” Studies in Romanticism 49 (2010): 229-260.

Forthcoming Publications:

  • “Sydney Owenson’s Strange Phenomenality.” In Yoon Sun Lee, ed, special issue on Romantic prose, Romantic Circles Praxis. 5300 words ms. Forthcoming.
  • “How Wordsworth tells: Numeration, Valuation, and Dwelling in ‘We are Seven.’” In Jill Heydt-Stevenson, Paul Youngquist, and Jeffrey Cox., eds. Secure Sites: Empire and the Emergence of Security, special issue of ELN. 7600 words ms. Forthcoming.
  • “Secret History in the Romantic Period.” In Rebecca Bullard and Rachel K. Carnell, eds. The Secret History of Literature. Cambridge UP. Forthcoming.

Current research:

Book in progress: Romantic Transport: Mobility, Anxiety, and the Poetics of Feeling, 1790-1830, which examines “transport” (the movement of feelings and objects, and the contemporary understanding of the media facilitating each) and anxiety (in its clinical and more broadly social senses) in relation to the poetics of form and figuration in Romantic period poetry and prose. This project brings together media history, medical history, the history of mobility, and the history of literary form.

Next book project: Being Moved, on the history of the valorization of reader activation/ mobilization in aesthetic philosophy and criticism.

Research networks:

Associated with The Affect Project (lead investigators Arlene Young, Manitoba, and Deidre Lynch, Harvard), a SSHRC-funded research network on the character and history of feeling

Areas of specialization:

  • Nineteenth century (Romanticism)
  • Eighteenth century
  • New Formalism
  • History of science, media, poetics, theory