Jason Pearl, Associate Professor of English, specializes in British literature of the “long” eighteenth century, roughly from 1660 to 1830.
Pearl teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses on a variety of topics, including the history and theory of the novel, utopian literature, travel writing, and Gothic literature. He also teaches regular courses on eighteenth-century drama, poetry, and nonfictional genres.
His first book, Utopian Geographies and the Early English Novel (Virginia, 2014), examines the relationship between early modern utopian literature; geography, cartography, and travel writing; and the history of the English novel. His second book project is entitled "Aerial Prospects: Seeing from Above in Eighteenth-Century Britain.”
In addition, Professor Pearl has written articles and reviews published or forthcoming in Studies in English Literature, Eighteenth-Century Life, Studies in the Novel, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation, Digital Defoe, Inside Higher Ed, and SHARP News (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing), as well as The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel and Travel Narratives, the New Science, and Literary Discourse, 1569-1750.
He has won fellowships to conduct research at the Beinecke Library, the British Library, the Clark Library, the Houghton Library, the Huntington Library, and the Lewis Walpole Library.
He currently serves as Book Reviews Editor at the online journal Digital Defoe.