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 and history
  • The Enlightenment
  • Literature and the history of science
  • Literature and epistemology
  • Literature and political theory

Professional Information

My research takes Enlightenment literary history as a basis for understanding 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. I am particularly interested in literature's capacity for helping us understand and refine knowledge concepts, like "data," "fact," "truth," and "knowledge" itself. NOTE: I am on sabbatical for AY 2018-19.


Books (in progress)
A World of Disorderly Notions: Quixote and the Logic of Exceptionalism (University of Virginia Press, forthcoming in Spring 2019)

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.


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