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Faculty Spotlight: Sean  Silver

Title: Assistant Professor
Degree:
Ph.D., UCLA  2008
Silver

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3180 AH

Phone:

310-703-3019

Uniqname:

srsilver

email:

srsilver@umich.edu

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

British Literature and Culture, 1640 to 1800; cognitive studies; material culture; museum studies; historical aesthetics.

Secondary Interests

Colonial and Antebellum American Literature; food studies; history of medicine and science; historical drama and performance theory; game theory; Herman Melville.

Publications

Books:

Before Novelty: The Prehistory of Serendipity, manuscript in progress
The Mind is a Collection: Case Studies in Eighteenth-Century Thought (Philadelphia, 2015)

Articles and Chapters:

"Hooke, Latour, and the History of Extended Cognition," Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 2015
"The Prehistory of Serendipity," Isis, 2015
"The Social Construction of 'Social Imaginaries,'" Cultural Critique, 2015
"Gothic Historiography," The Gothic World (Routledge 2013)
"Pale Fire and Johnson's Cat: The Anecdote in Polite Conversation," Criticism, 2011
"The Rape of the Lock and the Origins of Game Theory," Connotations, 2011
"Visiting Strawberry Hill: Horace Walpole's Gothic Historiography," Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 2009
"Locke's Pineapple and the History of Taste," Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 2008
"The Temporality of Allegory: Herman Melville's 'The Lightning-Rod Man,'" Arizona Quarterly, 2006.

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