August 2015

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University of Pennsylvania
Literature and Science, Pre-1900

The English Department invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in literature and science before 1900. Conferral of Ph.D. by July 1, 2016 is expected. All applicants working in the medieval, early modern, long eighteenth-century, Romantic, and Victorian periods will be considered; transatlantic and global perspectives are also welcome. We are especially interested in applicants who work across traditional period boundaries and are conversant with recent theoretical debates in science studies. Research and teaching interests may include, but are not limited to, medicine, race and anthropology, technology and information, natural philosophy, animal studies, and the environment.

Applicants should submit the following materials electronically at a cover letter, a two-page dissertation or book abstract, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample (20-25 pages), and contact information for three individuals who have agreed to provide a letter of recommendation. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter to the website. Review of applications will begin October 26th, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted by Skype.

The Department of English is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

The Journal of Literature and Science is once again looking for reviewers to review various articles in the field literature and science published in the last year to 18 months.

Just to remind members, the JLS is unique in reviewing journal articles rather than books in the fields of literature and science and the history and philosophy of science. As such, we believe our reviews offer scholars and students a truly valuable guide to some of the most recent and cutting edge research in the field.

Please find below are a number of articles that we would like to offer members the chance to review for the Journal’s forthcoming 2015 issuse. Its largely first come, first served, so do get in touch with an offer to do a specific article

I’d also be very happy for members to suggest other relevant articles for review that they may have come across and that aren’t listed below – please do let me know.

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you,

Michelle Geric



Megan Molenda LeMay, “Bleeding over Species Lines: Writing against Cartographies of the Human in Queer of Color Fiction.” Configurations 22. 1 (2014) 1-27.

Naomi Rokotnitz, “‘Passionate Reciprocity’: Love, Existentialism, and Bodily Knowledge in The French Lieutenant’s Woman.Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas 12. 2 (2014) 331-354.

Anna Neill, “The Machinate Literary Animal: Butlerian Science for the Twenty-first Century.” Configurations 22. 1 (2014) 57-77.

Stephanie L. Schatz, “Lewis Carroll’s Dream-child and Victorian Child Psychology.” Journal of the History of Ideas 76. 1 (2015) 93-114.

Allison Speicher, “A Space for Science: Science Education and the Domestic in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Men.” Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas 12: 1 (2014): 63-85.

Ian Duncan, “George Eliot’s Science Fiction.” Representations 125. 1 (2014) 15-39.

Lauren Cameron, “Spencerian Evolutionary Psychology in Daniel Deronda.Victorian Literature and Culture 43. 1 (2015) 63- 81.

Markus Iseli, ”Thomas De Quincey’s Subconscious: Nineteenth-Century Intimations of the Cognitive Unconscious.” Romanticism 20.3 (2014) 294-305.

Fred Blick, “Wordsworth's Dark Joke in ‘The Barberry-Tree’: The Influence of Humphry Davy, Coleridge and the ‘Gang’.”Romanticism 20.3 (2014) 246-260.

John Robbins, “Up in the Air: Balloonomania and Scientific Performance.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 48.4 (2015): 521-538.


Reviews should be 750 words long and should offer both a description of the article as well as an analysis of its achievements. For more details please follow the link or contact Michelle Geric to register your interest.