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Jessie Reeder

Assistant Professor

English, General Literature and Rhetoric


Professor Reeder's research focuses on nineteenth-century British literature and its engagement with the wider world, particularly imperial zones. Her current book project, The Forms of Informal Empire: Britain, Latin America, and Nineteenth-Century Literature, explores the unique literary and social narratives that developed in response to Britain's informal influence in post-independence Latin America. This book reads across genres, nations, and languages, putting British and Latin American writing of the nineteenth century into dialogue in a new way. In keeping with her interest in British-Latin American relations, Reeder is also working on an archival study of the nineteenth-century anglophone periodical press in Latin America. She has visited the newspaper archives in Argentina and Chile, and with the support of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP)'s Field Development Grant, and in collaboration with two other scholars, she is beginning a project to digitize the holdings in the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile and publish them as an open-access web archive. Both within and beyond these two projects, Professor Reeder is interested in narrative, new formalism, temporality, gender, and politics, 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
  • Latin America
  • Narrative
  • Formalism
  • Temporality
  • Gender
  • Politics

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)