Linda M. Austin
Ph.D, University of Rochester
Areas of Interest & Expertise, Graduate Courses Taught
- "My studies explore the literature and culture of the long nineteenth century in British literature, the period from 1780 to 1917. I have written on the intersection of literature with the century’s movements in economics, psychology, and painting, and ballet, and have focused recently on the place of physiological memory in the literature and visual arts of England and the continent, particularly on depictions of nostalgia in these media. Currently I am reviewing the traditional opposition between the organic and the machine through the century’s theories of involuntary and unconscious mental and physical movement and the role these automatisms play in seminal theories of dance and photography, as well as in the professionalization of writing and the understanding of inspiration and genius. In addition to courses in Victorian poetry and intellectual prose, I teach classes in reading the photographic image and critical theory. On the graduate level, I have recently taught seminars in the Pre-Raphaelites and phenomenologies of memory."
- Nostalgia in Transition, 1780-1917 (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007).
- The Practical Ruskin: Economics and Audience in the Late Work. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1991.
- "Elaborations of the Machine: Automata Ballets." forthcoming, 2016, MODERNISM/Modernity
- “The Nostalgic Moment and the Sense of History.” postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 2.2 (2011): 127-40.
- "John Stuart Mill and the Paradox of Happiness." World Picture 3 (Spring 2009): http://www.worldpicturejournal.com/WP_3/TOC.html
- "Aesthetic Embarrassment: the Reversion to the Picturesque in Nineteenth-Century English Tourism." ELH 74 (2007): 629-53.
Recent Conference Presentations
- "Photographic Latencies" American Associaton of Comparative Literature, Seattle, March, 2015.
- "The Nostalgic Moment" (keynote lecture). The Medievalism of Nostalgia. University of Melbourne, November 27, 2009.