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

  • British literary history c. 1600-1815
  • US and transatlantic literary history to 1815
  • History of the novel
  • The Enlightenment
  • Literature and: history and philosophy of science; epistemology; political theory

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
EN120A ALanguage, Thought, and Writing: Styles of Persuasion
EN233J AEnlightenment Data and Literature
EN271 BCritical Theory

Professional Information

My research takes British literary history from roughly 1600-1815 as a basis for understanding how we frame and organize knowledge and how fact, fiction, and inference interact in the various types of writing we have called “literature”: not only fiction and poetry, but also scientific atlases, political pamphlets, correspondences, and histories. I bring literature (broadly defined) into conversation with history and philosophy, particularly the history and philosophy of science.


Books (peer-reviewed)
1. A World of Disorderly Notions: Quixote and the Logic of Exceptionalism
(University of Virginia Press, 2019)

Books In Progress
2. Understanding Science Denial
(under contract, Johns Hopkins University Press)

1. Empirical Knowledge in the Eighteenth-Century Novel
(under contract, Cambridge University Press)

Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)
9. "From Writing Lives to Scaling Lives in Joseph Priestley's Chart of Biography." The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 62.3 (2021)(forthcoming).

8. "Fanny Hill and the Legibility of Consent." English Literary History 86.4 (2019): 941-66.

7. "Perlocutionary Verse in Augustan England." Modern Philology 114.3 (2017): 657-79.

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

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

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

3. "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.

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

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


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