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Michael Gavin

Michael Gavin


Areas of Specialization

Recently Taught Courses

ENGL 419C Celebrity and Spectacle on the Eighteenth-Century Stage
ENGL 717 Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Literature

Current Research Projects

I write and teach about literature, philosophy, and digital humanities. Broadly speaking, I'm interested in the ways that technology affects communication. My ongoing book project, Undisciplined: the Invention of English Criticism, examines the popularization of literary debate over the eighteenth century, when the spread of the printing press, newspapers, and magazines coincided with a global expansion of trade. Much critical debate circled around the theater, and I edit a digital collection of Restoration and eighteenth-century playbooks, housed at Rice University, called The Stockton Axson Collection of 18th Century British Drama. Most recently I have begun work in computer simulation and am developing a research program designed to model early modern print culture. In Spring 2014 I'll teach a course "Digital Literary Studies" in the Honor's College, and I'm always eager to work with students on research projects.

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations