Aaron R. Hanlon

Assistant Professor of English

Office: Miller Library 228 [ campus map ]
Phone: 207-859-5263
Fax: 207-859-5252
Office Hours:
Tu 4pm-5:30pm; W 10am-12pm and by appointment
Hanlon, Aaron R.


D.Phil., Oxford
M.A., Dartmouth
B.A., M.A., Bucknell

Areas of Expertise

  • 18th century British literature
  • Transatlantic literatures c. 1600-1800
  • The novel
  • Epistemology/organization of knowledge
  • Enlightenment/science writing
  • Literature and political theory

Professional Information

My primary teaching and research interests concern the 17th-18th centuries, from the emergence of the "New Philosophy" and 17th-century British science writing to the "rise" and development of the novel throughout the 18th century and across the Atlantic. My research focuses on how we organize knowledge, how the domains of reality and fiction interact in the novel, and how science writing and the novel mutually construct our ideas of what we know and how we know it.


Books (in progress)
The Politics of Quixotism (Under contract, University of Virginia Press)

Science and Technology in British Literature, 1600-1800 (edited volume in progress)
Bucknell UP Aper├žus Series

Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)
"Perlocutionary Verse in Augustan England." Modern Philology 114.3 (2017): 657-79.

"Quixotism as Global Heuristic: Atlantic and Pacific Diasporas." Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 46 (2017): 49-62.

"Margaret Cavendish's Anthropocene Worlds." New Literary History 47.1 (2016): 49-66.

"Toward a Counter-Poetics of Quixotism." Studies in the Novel 46.2 (2014): 141-58.

"Maids, Mistresses, and Monstrous Doubles: Gender-Class Kyriarchy in The Female Quixote and Female Quixotism." The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 55.1 (Spring 2014): 77-96.

"Re-Reading Gulliver as Quixote: Toward a Theory of Quixotic Exceptionalism." Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate 21.2-3 (September 2012): 278-303.

"Unworthy Global Citizens: Quixotic Influence and the Underhill Legacy in The Algerine Captive." Comparative American Studies 9.2 (June 2011): 119-30.

Book Reviews
Review of Christopher Flynn, Americans in British Literature: A Breed Apart, 1770-1832." British Association for Romantic Studies Bulletin and Review 42 (2012): 56-7.

"An Enormous Will at Work," Review of John Nery, Revolutionary Spirit: Jose Rizal in Southeast Asia. Oxonian Review of Books 18.1 (2011)


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