Director, Aydelotte Foundation
Associate Professor, English
Rachel Sagner Buurma works on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and print culture, the history of the novel, twentieth-century Anglo-American literary criticism, and literary informatics. Current projects are on the history and theory of literary research, especially practices of knowledge organization like indexing and note-taking, pasts and and presents of collaborative work, and the intersection of literary-critical inquiry and information science. With Laura Heffernan, she is at work on a project that retells the history of English literary study from the perspective of the classroom. She is currently teaching The Rise of the Novel (and the Rise of Social Media) and has recently taught a Victorian Novel Research Seminar. She co-directs the Aydelotte Foundation. For more information, see her personal website and cv.