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Aaron Hanlon

Title

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department

Department of English
General profile

Phone

+1 202-687-7435

Office hours

Fall 2014:M/W 2:00-3:30

Bio

Aaron R. Hanlon is a Visiting Assistant Professor with primary research and teaching interests in 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. His 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.

Professor Hanlon is currently working on two book-length projects. The first, "The Politics of Quixotism," examines the proliferation of quixotic characters in British and American fiction (1612-1815) as part of a political history of exceptionalism, which both informs the history of "American exceptionalism" and locates an underexplored "British exceptionalism" of the long eighteenth century. The second, "Epistemological Rhetoric in England: 1600-1800," examines the rhetoric associated with "data," "fact," "knowledge," "truth," and other epistemological categories in science writing and the novel.

Hanlon's articles have appeared or are forthcoming in _New Literary History_, _The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation_, and _Studies in the Novel_, among others. He is also a contributor to Salon.com, where he covers topics related to his research and teaching, and to higher education more broadly.

Professor Hanlon's Spring ('15) courses include: "Rhetoric of 18th Century Poetry," "Restoration Drama," and "Intro. to Critical Theory."

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Education

  • D.Phil. (2012) University of Oxford, English
  • MA (2008) Dartmouth College, Cultural Studies
  • BA, MA (2004, 2006) Bucknell University, Political Science, English