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Jessie Reeder

Assistant Professor

English, General Literature and Rhetoric


Professor Reeder's research focuses on nineteenth-century British literature and narratives of power and catastrophe. Her first book, The Forms of Informal Empire: Britain, Latin America, and Nineteenth-Century Literature (forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press in spring 2020), explores the way Britain's informal influence in post-independence Latin America disturbed and challenged dominant narratives of imperial power. The book reads across genres, nations, and languages, putting British and Latin American writing of the nineteenth century into dialogue in a new way. Reeder is also working on a collaborative project with the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile and several other scholars to digitize the nineteenth-century anglophone periodical press of Chile. This project, which will result in an open-access database, is funded by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP)'s Field Development Grant. Both within and beyond these two projects, Professor Reeder is interested in narrative, form, temporality, gender, politics, and apocalypse, subjects that inform her research and teaching. Her work has appeared in Studies in English Literature, Studies in Romanticism, and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and it is forthcoming in Victorian Literature and Culture.


  • PhD, MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA, University of Delaware

Research Interests

  • Romantic and Victorian literature
  • Empire
  • Narrative
  • Form
  • Latin America
  • Apocalypse

Teaching Interests

  • The nineteenth-century British novel
  • Forms of British imperialism
  • Literature of the weird, the monstrous, and the apocalyptic


  • Field Development Grant from the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP), with co-investigators Jennifer Hayward and Michelle Prain Brice, to develop a digital archive of the English-language press in Chile (2018)
  • Curran Fellowship from the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) for research in Buenos Aires (2016)
  • Nominated for Harpur College teaching award, Binghamton University (2016 & 2017)
  • Winner: NASSR/Romantic Circles Pedagogy Contest (2015)